Completed in 1980, Maha Vijaya Pagoda offers diversity in its architectural style. The pagoda was set up with the funds from Buddhists across Burma. You will see an umbrella-shaped ornamental spire on the top, that was funded by Burma’s one-time military leader, Ne Win. The pagoda is known as General’s Pagoda too. And the pagoda is different. The major difference is that you can even visit inside the pagoda and walk in its empty premises. A unique feature of the pagoda is its central dome – which allows visitors inside.
The pagoda is easy to reach, as it is located facing Shwedagon pagoda on a small hill. Visiting the pagoda is even easier if you stay at a Yangon hotel. There are many in the area such as Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon and several others.
Inside the main stupa you will find a tiny abode with a dome on its top. As you walk into that abode, you will come across a shrine which is said to have the Buddha’s relics inside. This shrine was gifted by Nepalese king. A gift from Nepal has a special reason, as it is the country identified today as the Buddha’s place of birth. Many Buddha statues are built around the shrine. Because it is close to Shwedagon pagoda, Maha Vijaya Pagoda is even easier to locate. But remember it is not open anytime. The pagoda is open only from 6 am to 10 pm.
As you look at the ceiling, you will see many animals painted in light blue. Plus, there are other murals such as the Buddha in a meditative posture. Another mural indicates an elephant kneeling down before the Buddha, while in another you will see the Buddha teaching a large gathering. Elsewhere you will see mythical lions that guard the entrance to the temple premises. And outside, the temple looks stunning at sundown. If you have an eye for nature, visit the pagoda in the evening close to sundown.
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