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Hsinbyume Pagoda, Mingun

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
See white, wave-like base of Hsinbyume Pagoda, dating back to 1816. Prince Bagyidaw dedicated the pagoda to his wife, whose name translates as "White Elephant Princess." As you admire the pagoda, inspect the seven concentric terraces, which symbolize seven mountain ranges around Mount Meru. The top of the pagoda represents the Mount Meru, the mythical center of the universe according to Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain mythology. Keep an eye out for the niches around the pagoda, which feature small statues of mythical creatures, such as serpents, ogres, and spirits. Climb to the top of the pagoda to enjoy sweeping views over the nearby river. Use our Mingun itinerary planner to visit Hsinbyume Pagoda on your trip to Mingun, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This pagoda is beautiful in its simple white paint that allows the building itself to be the standout feature instead of the like the other pagoda we had seen previously that were heavily decorated in...  more »
  • As stated before, this pagoda is different from all the gold and brown ones in the area. It's shape and color is unique and beautiful. It is a distance from Mandalay, but worth the trip to visit along...  more »
  • This beautiful and different Temple is completely white, with circular and its architecture simulates Mount Meru, with 7 terraces in the form of waves, representing the 7 mountains surrounding Mount Meru. For Buddhists, this mount represents the center of the universe.
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  • A MUST VISIT!! The Hsinbyume Pagoda is located on the northern side of Mingun in Sagaing Region in Myanmar. This large pagoda is situated on the western bank of the Irrawaddy River and it is absolutely AMAZING!!
  • It's a shame that they changed it's original color into white. There is too much white to take in.
  • Not closed anymore. Repainted halfway (although a pretty bad paint job) and opened again for the public. Blinding white! Nice to climb on top and enjoying the view.
  • Very cool pagoda with many repeating shapes and angles. Also being white makes is pretty different from all the others.
  • Well worth the visit

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Where to stay in Mingun

Mingun itself has no accommodations, although the city of Mandalay lies just an hour's boat ride to the south along the Ayeyarwady River. A very popular excursion for visitors to Mandalay, boats run from the jetty each morning bound for Mingun. Mandalay's accommodations are a varied bunch, with some particularly upmarket and refined options seated alongside altogether more backpacker-friendly fare, such as hostels and simple guesthouses.
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