Shwesandaw Pagoda – An Architectural Masterpiece in Bagan
» Shwesandaw Pagoda – Destination of architecture lovers.
Shwesandaw Pagoda is a spectacular circular pagoda which is situated at the Northeast of Old Bagan and built by the King Anawrahta. For those who are interested in exploring about ancient structure, this is really a not-to-be-missed destination for Bagan travel.
» Shwesandaw Pagoda is a Unique Structure
Buddha images in the reign of Anawrahta were made of hard stones and they were usually massive in size. The images were incised on its palms and soles with stone slabs below. The style of the images is similar to those of Loka Nanda Pagoda. Found out from beneath the debris, one of the two images was displaced to the Archeological Museum.
There are five terraces in the Shwesandaw Pagoda. The top terrace of the pagoda is a stupa with a stairway in all four sides which leads to the fifth terrace. The structure of the pagoda has remained in original condition since 1957. However, after the reconstruction of the Pagoda Trustees, the pagoda now looks like a modern one.
The Shwesandaw pagoda is also known as Maha Peinhne Pagoda as some idols discovered in terraces were found to be Maha Peinhne devas.
A huge reclining Buddha image of 70 feet long on the west of this pagoda in Bagan is another special feature in the structure. The image is housed in the image house.
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