Sule Pagoda, Yangon

Sule Pagoda is just a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk from PARKROYAL Yangon and within easy reach of other noteworthy attractions, such as City Hall.


History

While its current iteration is little over a century old, the site of Sule Pagoda has been in place for more than 2,500 years and was built prior to its larger contemporary, the Shwedagon Pagoda. Stretching 44 metres into the sky, the golden pagoda was built in the Mon style, but is regarded as slightly unusual due to its octagonal shape, which continues all the way up the spire. The gilded structure is topped by a large umbrella-shaped ornament and, from the base, is surrounded by small shops, astrologists and palmists.

Legend

According to legend, the Sule Pagoda stands on land that was once the home of a powerful nat spirit named Sularata. Already millions of years old, Sularata helped the king find the spot where relics from three reincarnations of the Buddha were buried, thus uncovering the location where the Shwedagon Pagoda was to be built. Today, travellers can visit the religious site and learn about its sacred significance.