Myanmar is a country with rich cultural heritage and history. One such monumental place that holds much of the country’s history is the Sule Pagoda. Known to be older than the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, it was a historic rallying point during the 1988 uprisings and again during the 2007 Saffron Revolution. Here are some interesting facts that will further pique your interest.

Jason Eppink, Sule pagoda is centered, CC BY 2.0

A little history

Although local folklore suggests that the pagoda was built during the legendary Mon King era, the documented date only dates back to the 15th century.c century This pagoda really stood out in Burmese history after it became a rallying point in the second Anglo-Burmese war. Historical accounts say it was chosen because it was easy to see from a distance.

Physical description

The Sule Pagoda is a classic Burmese-style stupa with a tall vertical, flaming, shining bottom and elegant bell-shaped body. The golden dome is 46 m high and dominates the surrounding landscape. The entire pagoda is surrounded by four prayer halls and has many outbuildings and shops that were built later. Although they are now a necessary part of the basics, they affect the visual aspect.

Location

As mentioned earlier, this is one of the basics Yangon attractions conveniently located in the middle of the city. It is only 5 minutes by car from the hotels in the area Pan Pacific Yangon. If you like to walk, there are many shortcuts through the city center; it will take you about 15 minutes. If you are interested in the colorful history of this beautiful land of dragons and golden temples, you will surely enjoy visiting Sule Pagoda.