Mingalazedi Pagoda – Bagan

Mingalazedi Pagoda

Mingalazedi Pagoda (also known as Mingalar Zed) is a Buddhist bell-shaped stupa built in 1274 by king Narathihapati at the end of the First Burmese Empire. It still preserves the beautiful glazed terracotta tiles with the Jataka legends around the terraces.

Mingalazedi Pagoda

By Gerd Eichmann (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s a brick construction and its height is 40 meters (131 feet) with many terraces featuring the Jataka tales. Around the center pot-shaped stupa there are also small stupas which are decorated with glazed green and yellow bricks.

Mingalazedi Pagoda

The large pot-shaped stupa in the center is topped by a beautiful bejewelled umbrella.

The Mingalazedi Pagoda was finished just a few years before the Pagan kingdom (Bagan Empire) was pillaged and subverted by the Mongol empire.

Climb up the terraces on this pagoda for a great sunset.

Mingalazedi Pagoda Map and Location

About 500 meters (0.3 mile) South of the old Bagan city wall