Sandamuni Paya is a white and snowy phalanx in south of Mandalay. In the center, there is a large golden pagoda. Correspondingly, there is a small golden pagoda next to it. In the four directions around, there are white towers as white as snow. The bells on each tower ring with the wind. The entire layout is basically symmetrical in four directions, like a stretched white square matrix.
The temple was built in 1866 by King Mindong to commemorate his brother who was killed. Along the gate and through the promenade, you can reach the golden pagoda in the middle, and a golden Buddha statue is enshrined in the middle. It is said that when the capital moved, King Mindong greeted him from the ancient city of Amarapura. Although the story behind this wonderful temple is not romantic, the mottled appearance cannot conceal its formal beauty.
Many people prefer the stupa in Sandamuni Paya Temple to Kuthodaw Paya. As night falls, you will be shocked by the row of pagodas as you approach along the green iron promenade. Sandamuni Paya’s courtyard wall is a kind of low and thick wall, which is very story-like. Sandamuni Paya is a free attraction. There are not many people. It is quite peaceful. The dense forest of steles is beautiful in the sun.
Sandamuni Paya’s pagoda has countless small pagodas, which is row by row, and is very neat. Each small white pagoda represents a deceased monk, and some pagodas were actually built in the 14th century. Sitting in the middle of this temple, looking at the white pagoda, you will feel that the white pristine purity was attributed to the desire of the void to the indifferent, but what could not be concealed was the sentiment that could not be forgotten and unable to arrive. It’s a kind of fragility, it’s also a kind of softness; it’s a kind of exile of the self, and also a real power to infect the mind.