Nearly 500,000 pilgrims visit Mann Shwesettaw Pagoda in 2022

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The aerial view photo shows Shwesettaw Pagoda and its greenish surrounding areas. Photo : Zeyar Htet (Minbu)

The Mann Shwesettaw Pagoda, located in Minbu (Sagu) Township, Magway Region, admitted a total of 488,773 pilgrims last year, according to the pagoda’s board of trustees.
Preparations are underway for this year’s festival, including the renovation of the Koekhangyi and the 28-Buddha images, the archway and stairway of the upper Settawya sacred footprint, the platform of the lower Settawya, and the Naga lake. Paintings, sculptures, and archaeological features of the pillars and seven tiers will also be restored to their original forms. Additionally, two bridges are being constructed on the 3rd-mile road leading to the pagoda, and shad trees will be planted on each side of the road.
Pilgrims visiting the famous pagodas in Minbu can observe rare star tortoises and golden deer at the Shwesettaw Wildlife Sanctuary. They can also enjoy elephant rides at the Shwesettaw Manchaung elephant camp.
“Due to the preparations of the pagoda and recreational places, pilgrims from all over the country can pay visit to the Shwesettaw Pagoda in peace of mind,” said U Than Hlaing, vice-chair of the pagoda board of trustees. — Zeyar Htet (Minbu)/KZL

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