The Mingun Pahtodawgyi is an incomplete monument stupa in Mingun, approximately northwest of Mandalay in Sagaing Region in central Myanmar (formerly Burma). The ruins are the remains of a massive construction project begun by King Bodawpaya in 1790 which was intentionally left unfinished. The pahtodawgyi is seen as the physical manifestations of the well known eccentricities of Bodawpaya. He set up an observation post on an island off Mingun to personally supervise the construction of the temple.IncompletionBodawpaya used thousands of prisoners of war from his expansionist campaigns and slaves working on the construction of the stupa. The construction was also seen as having a heavy toll over the people and the state, thus a prophecy was allegedly created, to stop the project. The approach in conveying the dissatisfaction was allegedly to utilize the King's deep superstition. The prophecy went "as soon as the building of the pagoda was over, the country would also be gone".A variation states that king would die once the project was completed. Thus, construction was slowed down to prevent the prophecy's realisation and when the king died, the project was completely halted.A model pagoda nearby, typical of many large pagoda projects like the Shwedagon Pagoda and Thatbyinnyu Temple, offers a small scale of what would have been a tall temple.However, it holds the record of being the largest pile of bricks in the world.Current conditionBy the time the construction project was abandoned, the pagoda had attained a height of 50 meters, one third of the intended height. An earthquake on 23 March 1839 caused huge cracks to appear on the face of the remaining structure. The temple serves more as an attraction than a religious site. However, a small shrine with a Buddha image still serves its purpose as a place of worship and meditation. Pondaw paya or a working model of the stupa can be seen nearby.Put Pahtodawgyi Pagoda into our Mingun trip itinerary builder website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Mingun.
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The remains of this pagoda are mind boggling. It is gigantic, and quite dramatic with the large cracks from the earthquakes. It is well worth visiting Mingun to see this and also enjoy the local vendo... more »
et la vue de la faille créée par le tremblement de terre donne une idée de sa puissance....pas grand chose à voir à l'intérieur, par contre. more »and the view from the rift created by the earthquake gives an idea of his power... not much to see inside, however.
Après une petite promenade dans le joli village de Mingun, l’on tombe sur cette immense pagode, pourtant inachevée et fragilisée par des tremblements de terre. L’on peut apercevoir des fissures. En so... more »After a stroll in the pretty village of Mingun, you fall on this immense pagoda, yet unfinished and weakened by earthquakes. You can see the cracks. In either I have not found specially beautiful but impressive by its size that's for sure.
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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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