According to historical records, when Narapatisithu climbed to Tuywin, he saw a ruby shining in the depression and thought it was the instructions of the Buddha, so he built the Sulamani Stupa here. In 1183, the two-story Sulamani Pahto was completed. It is a masterpiece of late Bagan architecture and has one of the most beautiful stucco sculptures in Bagan. Both platforms are square, and there are small towers Stupas at the corners of each platform, which symbolizes holy objects and expresses admiration. There are four porches in the whole pagoda, with the porch facing east the largest. Each door of Sulamani Pahto is decorated with a small half-relief pagoda and door lintel, and a large number of flames and triangular shapes are also used on the doorpost. In terms of artistic style, it still belongs to Indian characteristics.
Sulamani Pahto is highly accessible. The spacious courtyard gives the pagoda a strong visual depth, which is very suitable for taking three-dimensional photos. Sulamani Pahto itself greatly exceeds many people’s expectations, as it is very beautiful. The internal murals are very exquisite and complete. You can see various forms of Buddha. Except for the main entrance of the courtyard (that is, the north gate) where tourists enter and exit, the remaining gates are all remnants. The lush and wide courtyard sets the Sulamani Pahto against the extraordinarily magnificent atmosphere, so Sulamani Pahto is called “Crown Treasure” in Bagan temple.
Sulamani Pahto’s opening hours are 09:00-16:30 during Monday to Sunday from January 1st to December 31st. There are three ways to visit Sulamani Pahto:
1.You can take a local horse-drawn carriage and visit other nearby pagodas at the same time. The horse-drawn carriage costs about 20,000 kyat/day;
2.Rent a bicycle for sightseeing, the cost is about 1500 kyat/day, if you rent a bicycle by yourself, you have higher flexibility and can go as you like, but the physical exertion is greater;
3.Carpool or chartered tour, 8-seater van, cost about 50,000 kyat/day.