Swe Daw Lay Su
Duration: 9 hours
Tour Code: SYM-DT029
Swe Daw Lay Su
Myanmar culture is full of colourful legends and stories. For a better understanding of this aspect of local culture, spend a day discovering one of Bagan’s most famous legends.
The morning will begin with a guided explanation of the legend. Many years ago, King Anawratha was presented with a relic of the Lord Buddha. He placed it on the back of his sacred white elephant and set it free to roam Bagan. Four times, the elephant knelt to rest. Seeing this as an auspicious sign, King Anawratha then built a pagoda at each of these locations. According to local lore, if these four sites are visited in one day then any wish will be granted.
Before testing out this theory, head to Nyaung U’s morning market. Join local shoppers who come every day to buy the freshest vegetables, fruits and other items that are on sale.
Then it is time to start on the legendary path with a visit to Shwezigon, one of Bagan’s holiest sites. The gilded stupa-shaped pagoda became the prototype of the ‘typical’ Myanmar stupa. Learn how its design inspired kings to build similar structures throughout the country, including famous Shwedagon Pagoda. On the same compound is a small hall that houses an impressive collection of carvings representing the nat spirits. Make a short stop here to learn about this aspect of Myanmar spirituality.
The second site on the legendary path is Tu Yin Taung, a hilltop stupa located south of the main Archaeological Park. Drive up to the top of the hill, passing 500 statues of monks on the way. The stupa’s elevated location offers fabulous views of the surrounding plains, a unique perspective of Bagan and its surroundings.
Continue to Lawka Nandar, a riverside temple with a unique design: three octagonal terraces form a base upon which a bulbous stupa is located. There is a relic from the Lord Buddha housed inside, making Lawka Nandar a popular pilgrimage site for locals.
Take a break for lunch at a riverside restaurant before heading to the last of Anawratha’s four sites.
This last site, Tant Kyi Taung, is the most remote and sees few, if any, tourists. Travel by private boat across the Irrawaddy River. Then take a local pick-up truck to the hilltop temple where, it is believed that Buddha once visited. Enjoy spectacular views of the river and Bagan in the distance.
Having completed the four visits, make a wish and see if the legend holds true! Then return by boat to Bagan.
The Shwezigon Pagoda is a Buddhist temple located in Nyaung-U, a town near Bagan, in Myanmar. A prototype of Burmese stupas, it consists of a circular gold leaf-gilded stupa surrounded by smaller temples and shrines. Construction of the Shwezigon Pagoda began during the reign of King Anawrahta (r. 1044–77), who was the founder of the Pagan Dynasty, in 1059–1060 and was completed in 1102 AD, during the reign of his son King Kyansittha. Over the centuries the pagoda had been damaged by many earthquakes and other natural calamities, and has been refurbished several times. In recent renovations it has been covered by more than 30,000 copper plates. However, the lowest level terraces have remained as they were.
This pagoda, a Buddhist religious place, is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha. The pagoda is in the form of a cone formed by five square terraces with a central solid core. There are footprints below the four standing Buddha statues here. Jataka legends are depicted on glazed terra-cotta tiles set into three rectangular terraces. At the entrance of the pagoda there are large statues of guardians of the temple. There are also four bronze standing statues of Buddha which are stated to be of the current age Buddha. At the outer limits of the pagoda there are 37 nats deified along with an intricately carved wooden sculpture of Thagyamin a Burmese version of Hindu god Indra. Within the compound of the Shwezigon Pagoda there is a stone pillar containing Mon language inscriptions dedicated by Kyansittha.
Tantkyitaung Pagoda, located across the Ayeyarwady River in Pakokku District, Magway Division, Myanmar (Burma) is a prominent Burmese Buddhist pagoda near the historic city of Bagan, believed to enshrine four tooth relics of Gautama Buddha.
It was built by King Anawrahta in 397 ME on Tantkyi Hill, where the royal white elephant bearing the tooth relics rested for the second time, after it sat at a place, market by Shin Myethna Thettawshay Pagoda, then at a place where heavy rains fell, market by Shin Mogaung Pagoda, and at a place where the elephant mustered its strength, market by Sin Min Thwin Pagoda.
Tantkyitaung Pagoda is 90 feet (27 m) high with the base of 60 feet (18 m). Its nine tiers of umbrella contains a silver vane and the diamond bud. It has been renovated in successive periods. It has an image of Lord Buddha, a statue of Ananda and that of the forest guardian. A look down from the pagoda platform reveals the head of a dragon protruding from the walling down below. It is said that the tail end of this likeness of the dragon is around the site of Shwezigon Pagoda.
The Lawkananda pagoda was built by King Anawrahta during his reign in 1059. The pagoda has enshrined the Buddha's tooth relic in Bagan. The pagoda is erected on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River.
During the ancient days. with the power of Bagan Dynasty. the Mon region. Rakhine and even as far as Sri Lanka would anchor by the Ayeyarwaddy riverside. Lawkananda would be the first to see with its distinctive elongated cylindrical dome. It is still used as an everyday place of worship and is thought to house an important Buddha-tooth replica. The riverside and sunset views from Lawkananda are unforgettable scenes.
There is a saying that if one could go and pay homage to Shwezigon pagoda, Tantkyi Taung pagoda, Lawka Nandar pagoda and Tuyin Taung pagoda in a single day, a wish comes true.
Tuyin Taung Pagoda
Tuyin Taung or the Tuyin hill is located on the eastern side of the Ayeyarwaddy River bank of Bagan.
Similar to Tantkyi Taung Pagoda, another famous pagoda in the Bagan region is the Tuyin Taung Pagoda. Tuyin Taung Pagoda was built during A.D 1059 by King Anawrahta. King Vizaraba from Sri Lanka donated one of Buddha's tooth relic and King Anawrahta duplicated with another one and embedded in the sacred place inside this pagoda.
There are 32 statues of elephants made in ratio to different directions at the base of the pagoda. It is an octagonal shaped designed platform on which the pagoda resides. Many years passed by but still the pagoda is maintained by time to time.
InclusionsSightseeing Program in Bagan Swe Daw Lay Su full-day tour with English Speaking Guide
Private Boat Sightseeing Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda.
Truck Car in (Tant Kyi Taung).
Tour Program Sightseeing with private air- condition and good experienced car driver.
Purify drinking water and snow Towel along in program.
ExclusionsInternational Ticket Fare with insurance surcharge and Fuel surcharge
Visa and Insurance fees
Camera Fees and Entrance Fees in Bagan
Meals, Drinks, tips and personal expenses
Any other items and services not mentioned in the program