Mingun, Myanmar - Mingun Pagoda


Mingun is the home to the world's biggest ringing which is un-cracked and still functional bell, weighing in at 87 tons. It is also home to the incomplete Mingun (MantaraGyi) Pagoda, which was built between 1790 and 1797 by King Bodawpaya. A bankrupt economy at the turn of the 19th century caused Bodawpaya to halt construction of the pagoda, and its construction was never continued after the king's death in 1813. An enormous earthquake in 1838 caused the upper portion of the pagoda to crumple into its vacant shrine rooms. The Mingun pagoda is often referred to as the world's biggest mound of bricks. Its current height of approximately 328 feet makes it a hair taller than Rangoon's Shwedagon Pagoda.

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