SWE TAW MYAT (SWAL DAW) PAGODA

The Swe Taw Myat Pagoda is a gold and ivory pagoda located north of Yangon and houses a Buddha Relic along with jade and other precious gems

To read about my visit to Swe Taw Myat (Swal Daw) Pagoda, visit the blog here: Swal Daw Pagoda aka Swe Taw Myat Paya

For all my High-Resolution images of Swe Taw Myat Pagoda: Click Here

Entrance Fee: Free for locals and foreigners; sometimes a 2,000 Kyat donation is requested (about $1.50 USD)

Visiting Hours: The pagoda opens daily from around 6:00am until around 6:00pm

Location: The massive pagoda compound is located on Dammapala Hillock in Myangone Township in Yangon. It is just south of the Yangon International Airport and across the street from a large Buddhist Monastery

Swe Taw Myat

Located on the Dammapala Hillock in Yangon, Myanmar, the Swe Taw Myat Pagoda (Swal Daw Pyay, Buddha Tooth Relic Pagoda) is one of the former Burmese capital’s most aesthetically-pleasing pagodas to visit. Built entirely by cash donations contributed by the people of Myanmar and Buddhists from around the world, it is a newer shrine constructed to enshrine a sacred Buddha Tooth relic of the Gautama Buddha who died around 2,500 years ago. The Pagoda is located across the street from the International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University.

Swe Taw Myat

The tooth, which was brought over from China in 1994, was enshrined in the pagoda for 45 days for Burmese Buddhists to pay homage. Enshrined along with the original relic were two ivory copies, one of which is still enshrined and can be seen inside the Swal Daw Myat Pagoda. As an aside, most Pagodas hide their relics and the tooth and surrounded by several Jade Buddha images. Definitely a must-see in Yangon.

Swe Taw Myat

Swe Taw Myat

The Pagoda was built in the style of the more famous Ananda Pyay in Bagan. The Ananda Pyay was built in the 11th century and its influence can still be seen throughout the country. The Pagoda is symmetrical with four entrance portals protruding out from the main structure. The stairs to each entrance are flanked by a pair of white and gold Chinthes, Burmese mythological creatures that look like a lion (To learn more about Chinthes and other Burmese Mythological Creatures, click here). The center of the structure consists of several tiers of receding size, topped with a gold painted sikhara and a spire.

Swe Taw Myat

Swe Taw Myat

There is a lot to see inside the stupa. Its roof supported by tall gold-painted columns. Like most pagodas in Myanmar, the raised structure is topped with a very elaborate and multi-tiered ceremonial umbrella. The surrounding fence is encircled by Buddha images in various mudras seated on pedestals.

The road up to the Pagoda is lined with small stores for devout Buddhists to purchase flowers, incense and more. In addition there are fortune tellers and a small Hintha Bird-shaped basket in which to make donations to the monks who reside in the monastery there.

Swe Taw Myat

Swe Taw Myat

Swe Taw Myat

For all my High-Resolution images of Swe Taw Myat Pagoda: Click Here

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Resources:

Renown-Travel

PBase

Myanmar Tours Operator

Phillip Harbor

Author, blogger, photographer, all-around world traveler

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IsraeliAbroad (formerly SidepieceDiplomat) was started as a passion project by amateur photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!

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IsraeliAbroad was started as a passion project by photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!