Sule Pagoda Description:
The Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon is the centerpiece of the city.
During the late 18th century British Colonial forces used the ancient gold-plated shrine as the central point of the grid pattern they used to design the modern city of Yangon. This ancient temple in the middle of a traffic circle in the heart of the increasingly energetic city of Yangon is stunning example of Myanmar’s peculiar blend of ancient and modern aesthetics.
Local legends say a local king consulted with an animist spirit that resided in the area while looking for locations to enshrine relics of the Buddha’s body leftover after the spiritual leader’s cremation. The friendly spirit helped the king select the other important Buddhist pilgrimage locations in Myanmar, and the local king built Sule Pagoda and enshrined one of the Buddha relics inside to honor the spirit.
Sule Pagoda’s octagonal design is relatively unique in Myanmar. While most stupas become increasingly rounded towards the top of the spire, Sule’s golden stupa retains its unique shape from top to bottom. While its exact origins are unknown, local legends and religious beliefs claim the structure dates back some 2,500 years to the era when Siddhartha Gautama, who would find enlightenment underneath a Bodhi tree near the Himalayan Foothills and become Lord Buddha, walked the earth.
Best Time to Visit Sule Pagoda:
From November to May the skies are clear and the weather is warm in Yangon. Seasonal rains blow through between June and October that keep the atmosphere cool and revive the countryside’s verdant green foliage after the dry season.
How to get to Sule Pagoda:
The Sule Pagoda’s central location makes for a wonderful stop while explore Yangon. We consider it a must-see while in the city.
Sule Pagoda Highlights:
Sule Pagoda is the center point of Yangon, and is visible from most of the city. Guests on our luxury tours of Myanmar usually reach the pagoda as part of their walking tour of Yangon.
Buddhist modesty requires visitors to dress in clothing that covers shoulders, arms, and knees while visiting religious sites. Areas of the temple may also require the removal of shoes before entering the shrine.