Mingalazedi Pagoda, also called as Mingalar Zedi Pagoda, is a Buddhist bell-shaped situated in Bagan, Burma. It was built in 1274 and is considered as the last of the large temples in Bagan because it was completed a few years before the First Burmese Empire, Pagan Kingdom was pillaged by the Mongols which led to the end of the Bagan Empire. Therefore, Mingalazedi Pagoda marks the top of architectural skills of the Bagan builders and the end of Bagan style architectural development. However, through the times, until now, the pagoda still preserves the beautiful glazed terracotta tiles with the Jataka legends around the terraces.
Things to see and do in Mingalazedi Pagoda
Mingalazedi Pagoda was built in brick and contains several terraces leading to large pot-shaped stupa at its center, topped by a bejeweled umbrella. This pagoda is designed as Bagan style with symmetrical structure about 40 meters high with many terraces featuring the Jataka tales. Around the center of this stupa, there are also small stupas decorated with glazed green and yellow bricks. And in those small stupas, the designers built bricks of green and yellow colors to highlight stupas.
Visiting Mingalazedi Pagoda, the tourists can gaze with one more special thing which is a library made of brick can be found on the ground of the complex in which Buddhist scriptures are stored.
Moreover, the travelers gaze with and enjoy sunset moment from this pagoda’s view.
How to get to Mingalazedi Pagoda
The pagoda is located about a half kilometer South of the old Bagan city, hence, the visitors can take a taxi from Bagan to go to the pagoda. And they should do a bargain with the taxi driver for suitable payment before get into the taxi. For those interested, our Bagan Tours are available at the best price!
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