Shwezigon Pagoda (Shwezigon Zedi)
What to see in Shwezigon Pagoda
Without visiting Shwezigon Pagoda, visiting Bagan is not complete. Shwezigon pagoda is 160 feet in height and the one of the biggest pagodas in Bagan. It’s a prototype of stupas, bell-shaped dome and has three square receding terraces. At each corner of terraces, there is a small stupa and 550 green glazed terracotta tiles depicting the Jataka Stories are decorated at the base of each terraces. The pagoda is completely gilded in gold. There are also other several shrines in the complex and nat shrines. The most interesting shrine is 37 traditional nat shrine at the southeast corner of the Pagoda. There are long stairways at the east and south of the pagoda, and at each entrance of the pagoda, two giant lions are guarding the gate.
Best time to visit Shwezigon Pagoda
The Shwezigon Festival has been helding in November. For those who are interested in Myanmar travel, visiting in November/December will be a great chance to explore the culture of Bagan because of its great religious significance for Burmese Buddhism.