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Shwezigon Paya, Bagan
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Built at the end of the 11th century by the father of the Burmese nation, King Anawrahta, Shwezigon Paya represents a priceless reliquary and pilgrimage center for thousands of Buddhist devotees. The holy site enshrines a collection of sacred relics, including Buddha's collarbone, tooth, and emerald images imported from China. The cone-shaped pagoda with five terraces has endured many earthquakes and natural disasters throughout history, but it was restored several times and, until recently, reinforced with 30,000 copper plates for better protection. Head inside to witness the inscribed pillars, golden bell, shrines with Gupta-style statues of Buddha, and the hall of 37 nats (revered spirits). Beware of ticket scalpers at the entrance, as they can get pushy and distractive. A visit to Shwezigon Paya represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Bagan vacation generator to plot your vacation.
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  • The owner of my guest house recommended to me when I reached Bagan in the late afternoon. This is the first pagoda I visited in Bagan, it was very beautiful indeed. I went there during the sunset hour...  more »
  • Well what can i say except that its a jewel in Bagan's crown, beautiful and imposing its a splendid sight, surrounded by smaller pagodas! Its a beautiful stupa and a must visit. 
  • This pagoda is probably what shwedagon pagoda would look like if no one took care of it. It seems like it needs some TLC.