Bagan

These ancient pagodas constantly represent the Burmese people’ believes and deep loyalty to Buddhism. Myanmar becomes a land of pagodas and stupas because of religious belief, “donating / building a pagoda gives one with an eternal life.” Buddhist pagodas are persistently built and renovated to gain religious merit. Sometimes a pagoda collapses, but this doesn’t happen often since the pagoda architecture is in a way that there is no hollow space inside.

The customary architecture stratagem of pagoda or stupa is simply a solid structure; the same rule applies for pagoda of any kind big or small. Sometimes donors erect a garden around the pagoda mainly for decorative purposes. Pagodas in Myanmar are mostly positioned on the hill top or some prime locations.

Hovering atop hills and mountains, in forests and glades, beside highways and byways, gleaming golden or glinting white in the sunlight and symbolizing the firm faith in Theravada Buddhism. A Buddhist pagoda is almost always a golden or yellow pagoda or a white pagoda. Most pagodas in Myanmar enshrine the scarce relics of Lord Buddha.

Sometimes a whole small village is built around a pagoda. People come around the pagoda believing that it is safer for them staying under the religious shade. Not to be outdone, some pagodas are even built into the river; like Kyauktan Pagoda on the way from Yangon to Thanlyin.