Photo: Thaton's main pagoda.

Shwe Sar Yan Pagoda

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While Shwe Sar Yan Pagoda isn’t the most spectacular of Burmese temples, it’s a pleasant enough distraction for 15 minutes if you’re wandering around town.

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Photo of Shwe Sar Yan Pagoda

Layout is classic: a large golden pagoda surrounded by minor shrines, Buddha images and various statues. The principal chedi is a large one though and with its surrounding smaller stupas it bears a passing resemblance to Shwedagon itself.

Towards the rear of the compound is a dome-shaped stupa which also functions as a pigeon-feeding station; vendors sell bread chunks if feeding them is your idea of fun or you need to top-up on karma points. There’s also the requisite giant bodhi tree and burning hot tiles, so as usual it’s a good spot to avoid in the middle of the day.

The pagoda is popular with local visitors and a proliferation of vendors at the main entrance adds to the buzz. The atmosphere and local pilgrims are really the highlight for a non-Buddhist visitor jere.

From the pagoda it’s just a short hop across the clock-tower roundabout to the market, while Shwe Sar Yan also makes a good starting point for a walk through the old town section to the foot of the steps for Myathabate Pagoda.

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