Legend has it that Sule Pagoda is more than 2,500 years old, making it older than the famous Shwedagon Pagoda.
Located in the heart of Yangon, the gold pagoda is named after Sularata, a spirit who lived at the spot where the pagoda is located. Standing at 44 metres-tall, Sule Pagoda is octagonal with an umbrella ornament on the top. This stupa enshrines a hair relic of Buddha, just like Shwedagon and Botataung Pagodas.
There are four entrances to the pagoda, with many small shops offering astrology and palmistry. Inside, you will find several imagines of spirits, Buddha statues bells and shrines.
In August, September and October 2007, there were numerous political protests and demonstrations that took place in Myanmar, as a result of the military’s decision to remove subsidies on the sales prices of fuel. This caused diesel and petrol prices to increase by 66%–100% and the price of compressed natural gases for buses to increase 500% in less than a week. The protests were led by students, Buddhist Monks and political activists in a non-violent form. Sule Pagoda was used as a rallying point, with thousands of Monks gathering to pray peacefully around the pagoda. It is estimated 30 people died in the protests, hundreds were injured as a result of beatings and shootings, and even more were arrested.
After visiting Sule Pagoda you can head to Maha Bandula Park, which features a 48 metre Independence Monument, which was erected to commemorate Burmese independence from the British in 1948. The park is surrounded by gorgeous architecture. You will be able to capture a lovely photo of Sule Pagoda, Yangon City Hall and the High Court. On a road adjacent to the park you can take a stroll and look at the local market stalls, mostly selling delicious, local Burmese street food.
|Opening Hours||Daily from 4am to 10pm|
|Location||Maha Bandula Road, Yangon|