Shwezigon Pagoda Festival


Built in the mid 11th century, the graceful bell shape of Shwezigon Stupa was a prototype for later stupas of Myanmar. Chronicles describe that the holy tooth, collar-bone and frontlet relics of Buddha are enshrined in the Pagoda. Two great kings are associated with the construction of this massive Pagoda- Anawratha (1044-1077) and Kyansittha (1084-1113). It was first built by king Anawrahta, although he was able to finish only three terraces before he died. Only in the reign of king Kyansittha was the Pagoda completed in 7 months and 7 days according to the scholars. There are three other Pagodas in which the tooth relics are enshrined in the Bagan area. Myanmar devotees believe wishes could be fulfilled paying homage to these 4 tooth relics Pagodas within one day. Its festival is held annually. It lasts for 23 days during which one can find food stalls, fun-fairs, shops selling local products, dance/ drama/ theatrical shows, magic shows, puppet shows, and so on. Myanmar people-young and old simply love to have a stroll around the place where there is a Pagoda festival.