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Home >> Mandalay Attractions >> Hsinbyume Pagoda

Hsinbyume Pagoda

The Hsinbyume Pagoda or Mya Theindan Pagoda in other name, is a beautiful and stunning architecture with all white decoration. The structure is laid after the Mingun Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, facing the banks of the legendary Irrawaddy river, around 10 km north of Mandalay City.

After succeeding the power from his father, King Bodawpaya, the Prince Bagyidaw decided to built this pagoda as a mark of his reign, in 1816. It was completed three years later in 1819, coinciding the time he officially ascended the throne and became King of the Konbaung dynasty.

The structure was named after the King Bagyidaw’s first wife, Queen Hsinbyume, whose name literally can be translated to White Elephant Queen. The Queen died after giving birth to the King’s first child. To fund the construction, the King used 100.000 emeralds, hence the name Mye (Emerald) Thein Tan (100.000). During the destructive earthquake in 1838, the Hsinbyume Pagoda was seriously damaged and only was it restored by of a successor King.

The pagoda owns a very distinctive architectural style, compared to other pagodas in Burma. At tha base of the structure reveals circular terrace shape representing the seven mountain ranges surrounding Mount Meru, the center of the universe in Buddhist cosmology. The top of the pagoda is said to be designed according to the style of the Chulamanee pagoda on the Mount Meru which is topped with a gold spire enshrines a Buddha image.

It is possible for tourists and monks to climb the stairway to the top of the structure. From there, you will be confronted by great riverside views of the Irrawaddy river and surroundings.

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The monk is stepping on Hsinbyume

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Hsinbyume Pagoda