Hsinbyume Paya

Hsinbyume Paya, Mingun 2018

Hsinbyume Pagoda, also called Myatheindaw Pagoda, is a Buddhist sanctuary in Mingun near Mandalay. The pagoda is located in the northern part of the city, a few hundred meters from the massive Mingun Pagoda. The white pagoda was built in 1816 by Prince Bagyidaw, successor to King Bodawpaya. It was completed in 1819.

The structure was dedicated to his first wife, Princess Hsinbyume, literally translated as White Elephant Princess, who died during the birth of the child. During the great earthquake of 1838, the Hsinbyume Pagoda was badly damaged. It was restored by King Mindon.

The pagoda is painted white and follows the physical description of the Buddhist mythological Mount Meru. Seven waves decorated with waves represent the seven seas. Nats, demons, monsters, and nagas are guarded in niches on each level of the structure. The seven terraces lead up to a plateau with the central stupa representing the Sulamani Palace, the seat of the god of the sky Indra. From here you have a wonderful view over Mingun with the Mingun Pagoda and the Irrawaddy and on the other side the mountains.

 

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