Sandamuni Pagoda

Attraction Mandalay Myanmar (Burma) Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
Second-time visit
Temple & Monument
5.00 - 10.00 USD

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Sandamani Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa located southwest of Mandalay Hill. It was commissioned by King Mindon Min in 1874.

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Why Sandamuni Pagoda is special ?

The Sandamuni pagoda in Mandalay is known for its large golden zedi, its hundreds of shrines containing inscribed marble slabs and the largest iron Buddha image in Burma, the Sandamani, after which it is named.

Resembling the nearby Kuthodaw pagoda, the Sandamuni is located on the foot of Mandalay Hill with good views of the hill and its monasteries.

The pagoda was built as a memorial to crown Prince Kanaung, who was murdered in 1866 by two of King Mindon Min’s sons, who were unhappy not to be the first in line to become the next King. The bodies of the crown Prince and three of his sons who were also killed were entombed on the Sandamuni pagoda grounds. In the early 1990’s the tombs were moved to a mausoleum in Mandalay.


What to explore at Sandamuni Pagoda?

Surrounding the central pagoda are 1774 shrines, each housing a single marble slab. The slabs are inscribed with the teachings of the Buddha, consisting of Sutta Pitaka, Vinaya Pitaka and Abhidhamma Pitaka (the three baskets that make up the Tripitaka), as well as commentaries and sub commentaries.

Each slab measuring 1.68 meters tall and 1.07 meters wide is enshrined in a small white shrine named Dhamma ceti, Dhamma being the teachings of the Buddha and ceti the Burmese word for chedi or stupa. The white shrines are topped with a hti, an ornamental spire shaped like an umbrella. The grounds are more cramped than the nearby Kuthodaw pagoda; little space is left behind the rows of Dhamma cetis.

The Dhamma cetis were built several decades after the central zedi. They were erected in 1913 by U Khanti the hermit, who is known in Burma for having renovated a great number of Burmese temples and pagodas.


How to get to Sandamuni Pagoda?

The pagoda is located on the foot of Mandalay Hill in the North of Mandalay, just North East of the Royal Palace and a short walk from the Kuthodaw pagoda.


Selling points

  • A peaceful corner of the world
  • Do Not Miss Out Sanda Muni Pagoda
  • A photogenic treasure
  • 1774 marble slabs
  • A Main Sight in Mandalay
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  • The shrines and the golden stupa in the center are good photo opportunities.
  • There's a wide deck around the main gold stupa in the center.
    Things to do
  • There is a flower vendor at the gate, selling water lily flowers which were pretty.
  • In the center of the pagoda is the golden zedi surrounded by 1774 white stupas each containing a marble slab with a page of the tripitaka.
    What to see


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Sanda Muni Paya is located just on the ground of Mandalay Hill and its part of the Sacred Temples of Mandalay. The temple ground is not big and its easy to move around, while enjoying the 1000 photo opportunities. This temple its usually overlook by the tour so if you visit it you will have the ground for yourself. The entrance fee its cover with the Mandalay Pass but rarely would someone check it in this temple.

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