Kuthodaw Pagoda: Some of the 729 kyauksa gu or stone-inscription pavilions and a larger shrine



The last capital of the Burmese kings, Mandalay was founded in 1857 by King Mindon (reigned 1853-1878). Mandalay Hill, contained numerous great religious foundations, among them the Ku-tho-daw where 729 stone slabs were engraved in 1857 with sacred Buddhist texts, the Tipitaka, (the entire Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism), each one protected by a small stone pavilion. It is called the “world’s largest book.” The stupa itself, which is gilded above its terraces, is 188 feet (57 m) high, and is modelled after the Shwezigon Pagoda at Nyaung-U near Bagan.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Mahalawka Marazein

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Pagodas

  • Architecture

  • Decorative arts

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Mandalay

  • Nineteenth century

Place of Creation
  • Mandalay, Mandalay, Myanmar

  • +22.004181+96.11305

  • Mandalay

Departments and Units
Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
Content License
Use Permissions
  • To view the physical lantern slide, please contact the Architecture Library.


Collections Featuring this Image
Architectural Lantern Slides of Myanmar


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