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Kaunghmudaw Paya

The best known of the Sagaing stupas, actually 10km west towards Monywa, is the Kaunghmudaw Paya.
The enormous white dome rises 46m and was modelled after the Mahaceti (Great Stupa) in Sri Lanka (although legend also says that it represents the breast of a Myanmar queen)
The Stupa was built in 1636 to commemorate Inwa's establishment as the royal capital of Myanmar.
Around the base of the structure are 812 stone pillars, each 1m to 1,50m high and with a small hollow for an oil lamp.
Images of nat can be seen in the 120 niches that also circle the base.

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  • Updated Mar 3, 2007
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