Shwedagon Pagoda is the most popular and well-known pagoda in Yangon. The pagoda is one of the main tourist destinations in Myanmar. Located at No.1. Shwedagon Pagoda Road. Dagon Township. in Yangon. this pagoda is the most notable building in Yangon. The Shwedagon Pagoda is a great cone-shaped Buddhist monument that crowns a hill about one mile north of the Cantonment. The pagoda itself is a solid brick stupa (Buddhist reliquary) that is completely covered with gold. It rises 326 feet (99 m) on a hill 168 feet (51 m) above the city.
Structure of Shwedagon
The perimeter of the base of the Pagoda is 1.420 fee and its height 326 feet above the platform. The base is surrounded by 64 small pagodas with four larger. one in the center of each side. There also are 4 sphinxes. one at each corner with 6 leogryphs. 3 on each side of them. Projecting beyond the base of the Pagoda. one on the center of each side are Tazaungs in which are images of the Buddha and where offerings are made.
There are also figures of elephants crouching and men kneeling. and pedestals for offerings all around the base. In front of the 72 shrines surrounding the base of the Pagoda. you will find in several places images of lions. serpents. ogres. yogis. spirits. or Wathundari. On the wall below the first terrace of the Pagoda at the West-Southern Ward and West-Northern Ward corners. you will see embossed figures. The former represents King Okkalapa who first built the Pagoda. The latter is a pair of figures; the one above represents Sakka who assisted in foundation of the Pagoda. and the one below. Me Lamu. consort of Sakka and mother of Okkalapa.
Tunnels of Shwedagon
There are 4 entrances leading into the base of this great Shwedagon Pagoda. No one is sure what is inside. According to some legendary tales. there are flying and turning swords that never stop. which protect the pagoda from intruders; some says there are even underground tunnels that leads to Bagan and Thailand.
The 10 Parts of Shwe Dagon Pagoda
1. The Diamond Bud (Sein-phoo)
2. The Vane
3. The Crown (Htee)
4. The Plantain Bud-Shaped Bulbous Spire (Hnet-pyaw-phu)
5. The Ornamental Lotus Flower (Kyar-lan)
6. The Embossed Bands (Bang-yit)
7. The Inverted Bowl (Thabeik)
8. The Bell (Khaung-laung-pon)
9. The 3 Terraces (Pichayas)
10. The Base
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