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Mahar Wizaya

The Mahar Shwedagon was built in 1980, 40 years ago and is 169 feet in height. It is located on top of a small hill 460 meters near the Shwedagon Pagoda. The relics were dedicated by the King and Queen of Nepal, the country where the Buddha was born more than 2500 years ago and umbrella of pagoda (Hti Taw) was donated by The General Ne win. Therefore, it is called General pagoda. The design of Mahar Wizaya Pagoda is distinctive from other pagodas in several way because of the mix of ancient and modern style. The pagoda has main two entrances. One is on the east stairway of the Shwedagon Pagoda and the other is on Htaung Bo Road. So when you get to Shwedagon Pagoda, you can visit the Mahar Wizaya from the entrance of east. And you also find a lake in which many tortoises are raised and fed through a small bridge.

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lake of Maharwizaya

There are eight gateways in the building, one unlike the other temples. The meaning of eight signs is to reflect winning signs of Buddha. Inside the building, there are two stands and stupa, built by a new architect and integrating the Mon-Myanmar culture. The Mahar Wizaya is a hollow stupa and the top of the stupa is a round room with dome. It is opened to visit the people. In the center of the room are stupa, statues of Buddha, ancients objects which a royal gift from The King of Nepal and there are several Buddha images at the bottom of stupa.

It is opened every day from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. The Mahar Wizaya is crowded on the Myanmar New Year Day with local people. If you have time, you can also visit the nearby Zoo, Kandawgyi Park, Karaweik and playground(Happy World).