Visiting Sule Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar - with Photos.
Sule Pagoda is an old Buddhist Temple situated in the middle of a busy roundabout right on the edge of Downtown in Central Yangon. If legend is correct and the temple is more than 2500 years old, then Sule Pagoda - or at least it's Stupa - is older than it's more famous cousin sat a little way away on Singuttara Hill.
The Pagoda is open daily from 0600 to
2000 hours - there is an admission charge of course for foreign tourists which in 2014 was USD3. Visitors to the temple should be aware that reasonable clothing should be worn and of course that shoes and socks have to be removed before entering the area. The surface area surrounding the Stupa is of marble and this gets exceedingly hot during the day - the caretakers are meant
to put matting round to walk on though.
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This must be one of the few Pagodas in the world that occupies such an unusual position - the golden chedi is sat right in the
centre of a very busy roundabout and is surrounded by shops, offices, market stalls and hotels. There is a footbridge across to it and nearbye are many government buildings, mosques, churches and Maha Bandoola gardens. The Pagoda is also the point from which all road distances within Myanmar are measured. Don't forget that the correct way to walk round the Chedi is in a clockwise direction.
The original shrine is believed to have been built in 230B.C. by two Buddhist monks named Sona and Uttara in order to house the hair of the Buddha. Over time the shrine has been repaired and rebuilt several times and the current 150 foot high Pagoda is unusual in
that it is octagonal shaped right up to it's bell (inverted bowl). The central stupa is called Kyaik Athok which translated from the Mon language is "the stupa where a sacred hair relic is enshrined". Walking around their are several small shrines and Buddha images to look at.
There is a children's play area within the Park. There are no seats so people sit around either on the grass or on the steps surrounding The Independence Monument
- or just simply wander around the well-kept paths. The gardens were originally called Fitch Square after Ralph Fitch who was the first Englishman to visit Burma. The gardens have subsequently been renamed after; Burmese General Maha Bandula of the Royal Burmese Armed Forces. The Independence Monument is 150 feet high and has five smaller pillars attached to it - surrounding the monument there
are a series of chinthes.
Our other items about touring and sightseeing at Yangon in Myanmar:
- Yangon Myanmar Travel and Touring Guides
- Visiting Yangon - Yangon airport, taxis, climate, getting around in the City, taxis and buses, hotels, eating out, where to stay.
- Visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda and Stupa in Yangon Myanmar
- Going to see the golden Shwedagon Pagoda, Sein Ma Pu Pray Hall, Shwedagon, Htidaw Photos, Chanthagyi Buddha, Chinthes.
- Visiting the Botataung Pagoda near Downtown Yangon in Myanmar
- Looking round the hollow Botataung Pagoda - a beautiful and important Buddhist Temple in Yangon
- Sightseeing and Photos from around Yangon in Myanmar
- Central Yangon sightseeing guide and photos, looking at old colonial buildings, Yangon River, Mosques, Temples and Gardens.
- Myanmar travel, touring and sightseeing guides and photos
- Our above Home Page shows all of our items about Myanmar covering Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake.
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