If you have stopped in the city of Pathein, next to the peaceful village, the colorful umbrellas Shwemokhtaw temple is a big attraction.
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Shwemokhtaw Temple – Pathein City
Myanmar Tour to the city of Pathein. Pathein has about 300,000 people, mostly Karen and Rakhine, with Shwemokhtaw Paya pagoda, Legend of Asoka of India erected. Ancient land of Pathein was part of the Mon kingdom, however, many people are no longer living here Mon. Pathein known seek quality rice products and colorful history of the colonial period.
Overview of Shwemokhtaw Temple
Located in the heart of Pathein, Shwemokhataw Temple stands proud and splendid with a gilded bell. This large population consists of many different layers and many stories. It is said that this temple was first built by King Ashoka Buddhists in 305 BC. Only 7.5 ft high, stupa stupa originally dedicated to the Buddha’s remains and a 6-inch gold bar.
Another legend says that the Muslim princess named Onmadandi asked her three Buddhist lovers to build a stupa for her. One of these lovers built Shwemokhataw , and the other two built Tazaung and Thayaungyaung – two less famous temples.
No matter what story you believe, the Alaungsithu king of Bagan is said to have built a 46 ft high stupa tower called Htupayon on that ground in 115 AD. Then, in 1263, King Samodagossa took power, built the 132ft tall tower and renamed it Shwemokhtaw, which means the Stupa of the Golden Footstep.
Discover the Hti tower
The hti tower (umbrella tower) consists of a pyramid made of 141b of pure gold, the middle layer of pure silver and the bottom layer of copper. All three layers are laminated and it is said that there are a total of 829 pieces of diamonds, 843 rubies and 1588 precious stones attached to the roof of the temple.
The south tower of the residential area is where the statue sat. Story tells that the statue has drifted from Sri Lanka to the delta since ancient times. According to legend, an anonymous Sinhalese sculptor created four different Buddha statues, using pieces of Bodhi mixed with cement.
He then placed four statues on four rafts and floated into the sea. One went to Dawei (Tavoy), the other went to Kyaikkami (Amherst), one came to Kyaiktiyo (Kyaikpawlaw); And the fourth shot moved near Phondawpyi, a village 60 miles south of Pathein . It was then moved to Pathein.
A marble Buddha statue was placed in a niche on the fence along the western side of the stupa. This is where the warriors of the Mon people prayed before the battlefield. In the northwest corner of the complex is a shrine dedicated to Shin Upagot – a floating monk who appears to help those in distress. There are turtles swimming in the lake around the shrine.
Also in the northwest corner of the complex is an exotic gilded Ganesh shrine dedicated to the worship of the Hindus, the god of wisdom and health.
In general, Shwemokhtaw Temple is one of the temples in Myanmar that tourists should visit during their trip!