Representation of Mount Meru
The pagoda's architectural style is very different from other pagodas in Burma. The base of the structure shaped like circular terraces is a representation of the seven mountain ranges surrounding Mount Meru, the center of the universe in Buddhist cosmology. The pagoda on top is said to be built after the Chulamanee pagoda in the center of the universe on top of Mount Meru. The pagoda that is topped with a gold spire enshrines a Buddha image. The seven tiered concentric base shaped like waves contains niches, some of which contain small statues of mythological figures.
It is possible to climb the stairway to the top of the structure. From the top you will have great views of of the Irrawaddy river and the nearby Mingun Pagoda.
The temple complex is completely walled with a large gate providing access to the grounds. Local Buddhist people come to the Hsinbyume pagoda to pay homage, make offerings and light incense sticks.
How to get to the Hsinbyume Pagoda
The pagoda is located in the Northern part of Mingun town a little off the Irrawaddy river and the nearby Mingun Pagoda. Easiest and most enjoyable way to get there is by boat from Mandalay. The trip of about 10 kilometers takes around 1 hour. From the jetty in Mingun you can either walk or hire an ox cart serving as a local taxi. The pagoda is a Buddhist place of worship, so please remove shoes and socks before entering the grounds.