The Sule Pagoda is said to be over 2,000 years old, located on a roundabout in the centre of Yangon. The pagoda has an unusual octagonal shape, which is in a Mon tradition; Queen Shin Sawbu (1453-1472) said to have enlarged the pagoda to its present size from an original stupa. According to a Burmese legend, the Sule Pagoda was built on the site where Sularata (the Sule Nat) resided, hence the name Sule. After the British occupations, Lt. Alexander Fraser of the Bengal Engineers used Sule as a centre to create the present day Yangon street layout.
Adjacent to Sule Pagoda is Yangon City Hall on one side and Mahabandola park on the other side. Yangon City Hall is listed on the Yangon City Heritage List; built in 1936, it is one of the examples of colonial era buildings in Yangon where the architecture is syncretic Burmese and Colonial styles. It was designed by Burmese architect U Tin, who also designed the Central Railway Station in Yangon.
Mahabandoola Garden is named after General Maha Bandoola who fought against the British in the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824-1826). Inside the park is where the Independence monument is located, commemorating the independence from the British occupations in 1948. The High Court Building is located by the Mahanadula Park, designed by architect James Ransome. The building is in Queen Ann Style with redbrick exterior. The construction of the building began in 1905 and was completed in 1911.
|Opening Hours||4am to 10pm daily.|
|Admission Fees||US$5 per person.|
|Location||Sule Pagoda is situated in the center of Yangon. At the junction of Sule Pagoda Road and Mahabandoola Road.|
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