Shweizigon Paya – the Sacred Destination in Malaysia

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Coming here to feel better
Coming here to feel better

For the spiritual destination in the world, Shweizigon Paya is a good place to go. Coming the Paya would help you feel better and happier.

What’s special in Shweizigon Paya?

At the west end of Nyaung U, this big, beautiful zedi (stupa) is the town’s main religious site, and is most famous place for its link with the 37 nat. Lit up impressively at dusk, the gilded zedi sits on three rising terraces. Enamelled plaques in panels around the base of the zedi illustrate scenes from the Jataka. At the cardinal points, facing the terrace stairways, are four shrines, each of which houses a 13ft-high bronze standing buddha.

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Gupta-inspired and cast in 1102, these are Bagan’s largest surviving bronze buddhas.

a peaceful place
a peaceful place

A 4in circular indentation in a stone slab, before the upwards-heading eastern steps, was filled with water to allow former Myanmar monarchs to look at the reflection of the hti without tipping their heads backwards (which might have caused them to lose their crowns).

What is 37 Nat?

The most important site here is the small yellow compound called 37 Nat (in English) on the southeast side of the site. Inside are figures of the 37 pre-Buddhist nat that were officially endorsed by the Bamar monarchy in a compromising gesture towards a public reluctant to give up all their beliefs for Buddhism. Ask around if the compound is locked. At one end (behind a locked gate) stands an original teak figure of Thagyamin, king of the nat and a direct appropriation of the Hindu god Indra. This is the oldest-known freestanding Thagyamin figure in Myanmar.

a spiritual place
a spiritual place

The site was started by Anawrahta but not completed until the reign of Kyanzittha. The latter is thought to have built his palace nearby.

A path on the north side leads down to the riverbank (though you’ll pass some dispiriting trash mounds on the way), where you can get some interesting views

Coming the place would help you fell better and we all hope that you would have a memorable experience in here!

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