Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan

#3 of 49 in Historic Sites in Bagan
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Built at the end of the 11th century by the father of the Burmese nation, King Anawrahta, Shwezigon Pagoda represents a priceless reliquary and pilgrimage center for thousands of Buddhist devotees. The holy site enshrines a collection of sacred relics, including Buddha's collarbone, tooth, and emerald images imported from China. The cone-shaped pagoda with five terraces has endured many earthquakes and natural disasters throughout history, but it was restored several times and, until recently, reinforced with 30,000 copper plates for better protection. Head inside to witness the inscribed pillars, golden bell, shrines with Gupta-style statues of Buddha, and the hall of 37 nats (revered spirits). Beware of ticket scalpers at the entrance, as they can get pushy and distractive. To visit Shwezigon Pagoda and other attractions in Bagan, use our Bagan route planning app.
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  • This is a huge pagoda complex in Bagan. It includes the main pagoda and also many smaller temples. The atmosphere is very inspiring and devotional, with many devotees circumambulating, chanting...  more »
  • This pagoda is easy to find and walking distance if staying in Nyaung-U. Best to avoid the middle of the day visits as you are not allowed to wear shoes or sandals and the outside walking areas can....  more »
  • Beautiful place, they said it's cover by real gold Pagoda. Make sure that come wearing with proper clothes. Man no short pants, and ladies should cover leg or bring sarong. Easier use sandals, because all pagoda are holly place. We should take off all shoes. People are nice. And can take some pictures inside. Drone are not allowed. Also taking pictures of officer is phrobihited.
  • Famous Pagoda in Pagan. A lot of souvenir shops to buy in bargaining prices. Decent car parking. E bike rentals presence make travellers more convenient.

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