The White Hsinbyume Pagoda in Mingun

The White Hsinbyume Pagoda in Mingun


Hsinbyume Pagoda

Dedicated to Princess Hsinbyume, the white pagoda in Mingun stands out from other Burma temples for its peculiar style, making it very different from the other religious buildings.

[pullquote]The Hsinbyume Pagoda was one of my favorite Temples in Burma[/pullquote]

The architectural design, with its seven terraces shaped like waves, is deeply linked to the Buddhist cosmology, and generated a vast number of interpretations. Many sources point out that the shape of the withe pagoda represents Mount Meru,  the sacred mountain and centre of the universe in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythology.

Built in 1816 by King Bagyidaw to commemorate his wife Hsinbyume, the ‘Elephant Princess’, who died in childbirth, the white pagoda in Mingun was one of my favorite Burma temples, if only for its originality.

Mingun and the white Hsinbyume  pagoda can be easily reached from Mandalay, crossing by boat the Ayeyarwady River. Tourist boats leave in the morning from Mandalay Jetty and return from Mingun just after lunch. However, if you prefer avoiding the crowds you can also rent a private boat, a good option for small groups but not advisable (as the cost is much higher) for solo travelers.


More reading on Burma: 7 Things You Better Know Before Traveling to Burma


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    Posted at 17:55h, 13 April Reply

    […] the land of gold – Burma – I was fascinated by the white Hsinbyume Pagoda in Mingun (not far from Mandalay), maybe because it was a change from the glittering golden stupas […]

  • Brooke vs. the World
    Posted at 14:28h, 15 August Reply

    I’ve seen this shot before, but I didn’t know where it was from. Very cool pagoda, thanks for sharing!

  • Escaping Abroad
    Posted at 10:21h, 13 August Reply

    The more I see of Burma the more I want to go! That white temple looks unlike any others I’ve see photos of anywhere in Asia, very neat!

    • Simon
      Posted at 12:56h, 13 August Reply

      The white temple in Mingun is indeed special and was one of my favorites. As for Burma, I’d be really interested to read about your impressions when you go. Mines were mixed…

  • Lisa @chickybus
    Posted at 18:04h, 11 August Reply

    That’s one gorgeous photo–wow! Did you use HDR on that? Just wondering. If so, it’s great! 🙂

    • Simon
      Posted at 18:06h, 11 August Reply

      Thanks so much, Lisa. Er… No HDR… (Haven’t learned yet and don’t like photos when they’re too manipulated). Just the camera and very little post processing… 🙂

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