Mingun Pagode - Mingun Pagoda

Mingun Pagoda, Mingun 2018

The Mingun Pagoda, also called Mantara Gyi Pagoda or Pahtodawgyi, in the village of Mingun is a Buddhist sanctuary in central Burma north of Mandalay on the Irrawaddy. It is a monumental unfinished stupa begun in 1790 by King Bodawpaya. It was not completed because an astrologer claimed that the king would die as soon as the temple was finished. The finished stupa would have been the largest in the world at 150 meters. It was meant to be a demonstration of its power and serve as a relic shrine to a tooth of Buddha sent to him by the Emperor of China along with three of his granddaughters who were intended as his wives.

With the death of Bodawpaya in 1819, the construction was finally stopped. Only the base of the pagoda with 72 meters side length and 50 meters height was built. After the earthquake of March 23, 1839, huge cracks can be seen on the building. How the Mingun Pagoda should look like is shown by the nearby five-meter-high Pondawpaya Pagoda. The megalomania of the king left yet another world record, the largest free-hanging bell in the world, the Mingun bell.


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