Sule Paya

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Stūpa complex located in the centre of Rangoon, Burma. The golden zedi.150 feet high, is unusual in that its octagonal shaped terraces do not change into circular ones before being topped by the other characteristic elements. According to legend, it was erected over 2,000 years ago. However, the original buildings were possibly built by the Mon people and the present complex is the result of much rebuilding and repair. The central stūpa, as suggested by its Mon name ‘Kyaik Athok’ meaning ‘the stūpa where a Sacred Hair Relic is enshrined’, is said to contain a hair of the Buddha. See also relics; burma.

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