"Shwedagon pagoda (2): History" Shwedagon Paya Tip by hydronetta

Shwedagon Paya, Rangoon: 76 reviews and 193 photos

Legend says that the Shwedagon Pagoda is 2500 years old. The story of Shwedagon Pagoda begins with two merchant brothers meeting the Lord Gautama Buddha and receiving eight of the Buddha's hairs to be enshrined in Burma. The two brothers made their way to Burma and with the help of the local king found Singuttara Hill where other Buddha relics had been enshrined. When the hairs were taken from their golden casket to be enshrined some natural and unnatural phenomena happened. The stupa has been rebuilt several times and reached its current height of 98 meters in the 15th century. A series of earthquakes during the next centuries caused damage (the worst one being in 1768)

Address: On Singuttara Hill, East of Kandawgyi lake.

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  • Written Jan 23, 2007
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