Ancient Mon-era pagodas in Yangon Region: Sapagan Pagoda stands out

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The Sapagan Pagoda.

According to the Twantay Township Cultural Heritage Trust, among the ancient Mon-era pagodas spread across Twantay, Kawhmu, and Kungyangon townships in Yangon Region, only the Sapagan Pagoda remains preserved in its original state.
U Saw Myint Swe, the central working executive of the trust, explained that Dala, Twantay, Kawhmu, and Kungyangon townships were once home to ancient Mon cities. The principal pagoda, Twantay Shwesandaw, known as Kyaikkaytha in the Mon language, is accompanied by nine other pagodas from the same era. However, the Sapagan Pagoda is the sole pagoda preserved in its original form.
Dating back to approximately the 18th and 19th centuries, the Sapagan Pagoda boasts a distinctive Mon-style brick structure in its architectural design.
Situated along the Twantay-Kawhmu-Kungyangon road, the cluster of pagodas marks the route through which the eight strands of sacred relic hair were transported to the construction site of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Consequently, these pagodas are renowned as “Sandawkyo”, meaning “ushers of the sacred relic hair.” — ASH/NT

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