Standing northwest outskirts of Sagaing in the central Myanmar, Kaungmudaw Pagoda is a huge pagoda which was built by King Thalun and his son in A.D 1636 and was completed 12 years later at the end of Thalun’s reign.
Modeled after the Ruwanwelisaya Pagoda of Sri Lanka, the Kaungmudaw is well-known for its egg-shaped design, which stands out among more traditional-style, pyramid-shaped Burmese pagodas. …..ancient type of structure for a Buddhist religious building. With 46 meters in height and 274 meters in circumference, it is topped by a “hti” or Holy Umbrella at 7.92 meters high and 3.5 kilograms weight. The stupa's formal name Yaza Mani Sula signifies the enshrinement of Buddhist relics inside its relic chamber which make its typical difference from other pagodas in Myanmar. The relic chamber was talked in the local lore as the place where kept the lower left tooth and hair relics of the Buddha, statues and others.
The lowest terrace of the pagoda is decorated with 120 nats and devas. It is ringed by 802 stone lanterns, carved with inscriptions of Buddha's life in three languages: Burmese, Mon and Shan Yuan, representing the three main regions of Restored Taungoo Kingdom.
The pagoda dome has been continuously painted white to signify purity, in Ceylonese tradition.
According to local lore, the relic chamber of the pagoda contains the lower left tooth relic of the Buddha, 11 hair relics, an alms bowl, statues, pagodas and other relics.
Kaungmudaw Pagoda is an important pilgrimage and tourist destination in the Sagaing area.