The Mahamuni Pagoda was made in the likeness of the Maha Muni Image at Mandalay. Seindon Mibaya-gyi, a prominent Queen of King Mindon from Mandalay went to live in Mawlamyine after the annexation. There she and other members of the Myanmar Royal family felt a great desire to pay homage to the Maha Muni Image and thus arranged for a replica to be made in 1904. Sayadaw Waziya-yama, an eminent Buddhist monk and Daw Shwe Bwin of Mawlamyine took charge of the construction of this pagoda. The great image made in Mandalay was brought to Naga-with a hill on the Mawlamyine Ridge where a large building known as Gandakudi Taik was built to house it. The nearby monastery named after its donor, the Seindon Mibaya Kyaung has some excellent wood-carvings which are over a hundred years old.