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Maha Wizaya Pagoda

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This plain, though finely proportioned, modern stupa, located opposite the south ern stairway of the Shwedagon Pagoda on the other side of U Htaung Bo Road, was built in 1980 using public donations. It celebrated the unification of all of the country’s Theravada Buddhist monastic orders under one supervisory body. The king and queen of Nepal donated sacred relics from their per sonal collection for the relic chamber. They also gifted the main image for the circular central shrine inside the main stupa. The rotunda’s domed ceiling has vivid murals and painted stuccowork depicting episodes from the life and enlightenment of the Buddha.

The splendid hti (finial) that crowns the structure consists of 11 tiers – two more than the nearby Shwedagon Pagoda – and was gifted to the stupa by Burma’s former military dictator, General Ne Win.

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