Tagaung Mingala Zeditaw

Buddhist Stupa in Pathein

Interesting from an artistic perspective, this pagoda is centred on a graceful stupa that sweeps inward from a wide, whitewashed base to a gleaming silver superstructure. It's about 2 miles south of the city centre. Look for the small squirrel sculpture extending from the western side of the upper stupa, representing a previous life of the Buddha as a squirrel. One of the pavilions at the base of the stupa contains a large sitting buddha image.