"Pathein" Myanmar (Burma) Things to Do Tip by worldtraveler55
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For the country's fourth-largest city Pathein seems compact and small.
It receeives few visitors so you're likely draw lots of smiles and curious stares.
Most travellers only stop off on their way to the beaches on the west coast, yet the workshops that produce colourful, hand-painted parasols, along with the shady, tree-lined cillage lanes to the northeast of the market, are worth a stroll.
In the centre looms the golden, bell-shaped stupa Shwemokhtaw Paya.
One legend says it was originally built by India's Buddhist King Asoka in 305 BC as a small stupa called Shwe Arna. Standing 2.3m tall, this original stupa supposedly enshrined Buddha relics and a 15cm gold bar.
Another legend says a Muslim princes named Onmadandi requested each of her three Buddhist lovers to build a stupa in het honour.
Whichever story you choose to believe, Bagan's king Alaungsithu is thought to have erected an 11m stupa called Htupayon over this site in AD 1115.
Then, in 1263 King Samodagossa took power, raised the stupa to 40m and changed the name to Shwemokhtaw Paya, wich means Stupa of the Half-foot gold Bar.
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