Mya Thein Tan Pagoda – Min Kun, Myanmar (Burma) - Atlas Obscura

Mya Thein Tan Pagoda

This magnificent white pagoda was constructed to resemble a sacred Buddhist mountain.  


Serving as a memorial and modeled on a mythical location, the Mya Thein Tan Pagoda (also known as Hshinphyume Pagoda), is a large white pagoda located close to The Mingun Pahtodawgyi.

Constructed by King Bagyidaw in 1816, the Mya Thein Tan Pagoda represents Mount Meru, a sacred Buddhist mountain. The seven-tiered terraces resembled the mountain ranges topped by a stupa representing the legendary Sulamani pagoda. The king had the pagoda constructed in memory of his beloved consort and cousin, Princess Hshinphyume, who died in childbirth near the site where the pagoda was built. The pagoda now carries her namesake.  

In 1836, the Mya Thein Tan Pagoda fell victim to an earthquake that struck Min Kun. Left in ruins after the disaster, King Mindon restored the white pagoda in 1874.

Today, visitors flock to the white pagoda to take a look at the panoramic view of Min Kun and its rural surroundings from above. Its stunning architecture has attracted many photographers who come to the Mya Thein Tan Pagoda for the traditional arts and sculptures adorning the shrine.

Many local visitors wear traditional Burmese clothing and carry parasols with them or rent one upon entering the pagoda to take photos as a souvenir. 

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You can rent a traditional Burmese parasol and buy flowers as an offering to the pagoda at the entrance.

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