Shwemawdaw Pagoda


Shwemawdaw Pagoda
   A major pagoda, located in Pegu (Bago), which is said to contain hair and tooth relics of Gotama Buddha. The stupa is 114 meters high and similar in bell-shaped design to the Shwe Dagon Pagoda, but taller. Legends trace its origins to the lifetime of the Buddha. Its history goes back more than a thousand years to early Mon kingdoms in the area, and it has always been considered of special significance to the Mon people. In 1912 and 1917, it was damaged by earthquakes, and was completely destroyed, with some loss of life, in an earthquake that occurred in May 1930. The Shwemawdaw was rebuilt in the early 1950s and is again one of the principal Buddhist sites in Lower Burma.
   See also Architecture, Religious; Hti.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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