Sapada Pagoda

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Standing incongruously at the intersection of the airport road and Nyaung U’s main street, this late­Bagan­style pagoda owes its unusual shape to the career of the young monk after which it was named. Sapada was one of 20 novices dispatched to an illustrious monastery in Ceylon. where he spent 10 years. His teachings later had a great  influence on Theravada philo- sophy in the Burmese capital.  In honor of the monk’s for ma- tive sojourn abroad, the stupa  has a Sinhalese­style square harmika, or relic chamber, between its bell­shaped bottom and top spire.

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