8 Monuments to explore in Myanmar
Largest of the mainland South East Asian nation. Overcame the long history of civil wars in 2011 to have a civilian government.
The Bawbawgyi Paya is the best preserved ruin of the old Pyu kingdom of Sri Ksetra. Of uncertain age, it was likely built between the 6th and the 7th centuries when the Pyu people commanded the circular city immediately to the north. Despite its antiquity, the pagoda is in excellent structural condition, having miraculously survived a number of major earthquakes over the preceding centuries.
The Kyaik Pun Pagoda actually means Four Statues Pagoda in Burmese. It was built by King Migadippa in the late 7th century and restored in 1476 by King Khammazedi. It consists of 4 enormous Buddhas in the seated position and back-to-back with each other, wearing golden robes and all have different expressions on the faces. They are in the Bhumisparsha mudra, calling the Earth to witness. It is one of the famous attraction in this area and daily a lot of devotees comes here and experiences this b
Amongst over 2000 surviving monuments in Bagan, this Pagoda is the one which is closely identical with the Maha Bodhi Pagoda at Bodhgaya in India. It was built by King Zeya Thein Kha in A. D. 1215. Just like at Bodhgaya, there are seven sacred places in the environ of this Pagoda. With the exception of slight differ¬ences in position, the seven sacred places are similar to those at Bodhgaya.
The Mahazedi Paya ranks among the most sacred sites in Bago, second only to the Shwemawdaw Pagoda. First established in 1559 or 1560, it reputedly houses a tooth relic from Sri Lanka, the gift of King Dharmapala of the Kotte kingdom. Throughout its history, the pagoda has been destroyed by several earthquakes on the Sagaing Fault, on 13 September 1564, 1583, and 8 October 1888, and completely leveled in 1930. Mahazedi Pagoda was rebuilt in the 1950s.
Mingun Pahtodawgyi lies in Mingun. Sagaing Division. It is one of the famous monuments in the world. It was one of the big fours built by King Bodawpaya around the place. It was built on the fifth waxing day of Tabodwe of 1152 ME. around 1791. But it was left unfinished due to a prophesy that. once the pagoda was completed. the country would break.
A huge Buddhist stupa which was located in the heart of Rakhine and was built in 1612 by King Min Khamaung and his wife. it is said to have jewels and images enshrined in the central stupa, but none have ever been found. By all these features this place is important in this region.
The Shwethalyaung Buddha is huge, at 180 feet long and 52 feet high. However, after a 1757 pillaging of the area, the world lost track fo the Buddha, only to have a British railway engineer accidentally rediscover it, completely overgrown with jungle, in 1880. The Buddha was given a giant mosaic pillow in 1930 and is currently kept under a rather unattractive enormous shed. It was one of the main attractions in this area.
Located at one end of the infamous Thai-Burma Railway, Thanbyuzayat Cemetery is the final resting place of those who died on the northern section of the railway, between Moulmein and Nieke in Myanmar. This war cemetery lies at the foot of the hills which separate the Union of Myanmar from Thailand. There are 3,005 Commonwealth and 621 Dutch burials of the Second World War in the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery. It has a lot of history to say