Shwezigon Pagoda

Considered the original of Shwedagon in Yagon, Shwezigon Pagoda is the oldest temple in Bagan built by the founder of the Bagan kingdom - King Anawrahta started construction in 1059 and completed at the end of the 11th century under King Kyansittha.

Shwezigon Pagoda is located in the area of Nyaung U and Wetkyi-In, in the center of a large area surrounded by many temples. At the first minute to the temple gate, visitors will be overwhelmed with the mythical lion statue guarding the temple along with a 230m long wall separating it from the outside world.


The most prominent is the gilded bell tower, below are 4 golden lions blocking at four corners. Shwezigon Pagoda has less gold and diamonds inlaid on it than Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, but Shwezgion Pagoda has its own peaceful beauty. This is also a beautiful place to watch the sunset in Bagan.

Popular tourist attractions around include Ananda Temple, Shwegugyi Temple, Thatbyinnyu Temple, Htilo Mininlo Temple, Sulamani Temple...

To visit Bagan to visit Shwezigon Pagoda, you can fly from Yangon, take the train from Yangon or Mandalay or travel by boat on the Irrawaddy River.


Bagan does not have the rainy season, the weather is dry all year round, so you can travel to Bagan and visit Shwesandaw at any time of the year, but the best time is from November to February next year, when the weather is cool. You should spend about 3 hours to half a day visiting Shwesandaw Pagoda and combine visiting famous tourist attractions around, and of course you should come here at sunset or dawn because as mentioned, this is the best spot to watch the sunrise and sunset of Bagan city.

Shwezigon festival is held in September every year according to the Burmese calendar is a big festival held at the temple attracting many tourists.

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