Shwezigon Pagoda

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Shwezigon Pagoda Bagan

 

The Shwezigon Pagoda

in Bagan is one of the real highlights among the classic Myanmar pagodas. This Buddhist temple can only be matched by the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. The name means (golden Land of Victory) and the pagoda was built from 1084 to 1112. The proportions and the nature of the decorations are in the classic Bagan Pagoda style.
 
The massive proportions as well as other upper Myanmar or Burma pagodas , the are characteristic. This is the most venerated pagoda in Bagan and together with the Mahamuni Temple at Mandalay the greatest Buddhist pagoda in central Myanmar and northern Myanmar.  

This Buddhist shrine has lots of different features and functions, this is

not only a monument it also supplies employment for plenty of people at the pagoda platform. In the covered alleys approaching to the shrine are dozens of shops selling all kind of Buddhist related items and other things for the pilgrims. Similar venerated pagodas in Myanmar are the Kyaiktyio pagoda south east of Yangon and the Shwedagon at Yangon. This shrine is definitely one the highlights of Bagan. This is the only Bagan pagoda which is covered  from top to bottom with gold leaf and gold plates, it has has a height of about 50 m apart of the shining golden bell.

The Pagoda

and other Myanmar pagodas stand with a expressive silhouette and are for a viewing distance calculated from the average.

In contrast, in small niches on the wall substructure are attached with glazed relief with scenes from the Jatakas only visible if the viewer has a close look.

As in other temples ensembles the platform is encircled  with  numerous shrines, a colorful conglomeration of buildings of different kind of form and

Shwezigon Pagoda
Shwezigon Pagoda

determination.

Magnificent wood carving in shrines with multilevel tazaung shelter pilgrims and Monks.

One of the pavilions houses sculptures of the 37 most important Burmese or Myanmar Nats. In a other small pavilion are venerated images of three marine Nats.

Characteristic for the shrine and other stupas and pagodas in Myanmar or Burma is their silhouette.

The clear geometric forms and the bright color or their sparkling gold exterior remove them from the landscape significantly, so they can be seen from dozens of kilometers afar.

Shwezigon Pagoda Wood Carving
Shwezigon Pagoda Wood Carving
Shwezigon Pagoda Nat
Pagoda Nat
   
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  Sitting Buddha Statue and Gold
Gold Buddha Statue
Sitting Buddha Statue and wood carving
Buddha Statue and wood carving
 
Shwezigon Pagoda Detail 2 Sitting Buddha Statue
Sitting Buddha Statue
 
Shwezigon Pagoda Bagan seen from the Irrawaddy river
Seen from the Irrawaddy river
 

Shwezigon Pagoda Door
Upper Door
 
 
 
 

Shwezigon Pagoda Bagan

 
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