Kaungmudaw Pagoda

The Kaungmudaw Pagoda is located about 10 km from Sagaing, Mandalay Division, which is not very far from Mandalay city. This is one of the most well known among of the Sagaing stupas, with its large white-washed edifice and large dome. The dome rises 151 feet and was modeled after the Great Stupa in Sri Lanka. Around the base of the Zedi are 812 stone pillars. Images of Nats can be seen in the 120 niches that circle the base. The enormous dome rises 46 m (151 feet) in the shape of a perfect hemisphere and was modeled after the Maha Zeti Pagoda in Ceylon. Also known as Rajamanisula, the pagoda was built to commemorate Inwa’s establishment as the royal capital of Myanmar. Around the base of the pagoda are stone pillars, each of which is 1.5 m high. The details of the pagoda’s construction are recorded on them.

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