At the west end of Nyaung U, this big and beautiful Chedi is the town’s main religious site, and is most famous for its link with the 37 nat. The gilded Chedi – lit up impressively at dusk – sits on three rising terraces. Enamelled plaques in panels around the base of the Chedi illustrate scenes from the Jataka. At the cardinal points, facing the terrace stairways, are four shrines, each of which houses a 13ft-high bronze standing buddha. Gupta-inspired and cast in 1102, these are Bagan’s largest surviving bronze buddhas.
It must have been recently repainted, it was positively glowing in the early morning sun!