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Myanmar Stupas and
Myanmar Stupas and Temples
Myanmar, land of pagodas, possesses many
historic Buddhist monuments in the country. The
term “pagoda”, in general, can be used for any
kind of Buddhist edifice without specific
difference between architectural appearances.
However, bell-shaped dome structure providing a
place for the faithful to pray or make an
offering is “stupa” original term from India.
The centre of the stupa, in the foundation,
usually enshrines a holy relic.
Next distinctive Buddhist structure is
“temple” in which devotees can enter to pray and
can observe educational and moral knowledge from
paintings and Buddha images placed inside.
Yangon is probably most memorable as the site
of the Shwedagon stupa, the biggest and the most
impressive Buddhist monument in the world.
Rising from the top of a hillock, golden spire
soars to a height of nearly 100 meter to
dominate everything around it.
But, ancient style of Myanmar stupas can be
observed at Bagan, the most important
archeological site. Early form of Bupaya and
Ngakywenadaung has a bulbous dome, then continue
to next step with a series of receding terraces,
surmounted by a cylindrical or bell-shaped dome
which continues into a finial of concentric
rings. In the developed form of this type, there
are three receding square