Mingun Pagoda

Mingun Pahtodawgyi is a pagoda located 10 km northwest of Mandalay in Mingun which lies in the Sagaing Division. The massive ruins constitute one of the most well-known monuments in the world and is one of the big four built by King Bodawpaya around the place. Built on the fifth waxing day of Tabodwe in 1152 ME (around 1791 A.D.) it was however left unfinished out of fear, because it was prophesied that if the pagoda were ever completed, the country would fall apart.

Had it been completed, it would have reached a remarkable height of 152m and would have been recognized as one of the wonders. Unfortunately, construction was halted when only a height of 49m was reached. Its girth measures about 137m. One can study Myanmar arts and crafts of the Kongbaung period in the Mingun Pahtodawgyi. King Bodawpaya built Mingun Pahtodawgyi so he could worship from Shwebo in the distance where he had ascended the throne. One of the tourist attractions consists of two enormous lion statues located at the east stairway of Pahtodawgyi facing the Ayeyawaddy River. From this vantage point, one can also admire the scenic beauty of Ayeyawady River and the resplendent green Mingun hill. Had this pagoda been completed, it would have been the largest monument in Myanmar. Mingun Pahtodawhyi was severely damaged by the earthquake of 1838 leaving numerous cracks in the structure. Yet it still remains the largest brick base in the world.

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