The Sule Pagoda is located in the heart of the city of Yangon and is a landmark as far as the culture, tradition, ideology, politics and geography of the country is concerned. Some people also believe that the Sule Pagoda was built even before the Shwedagon Pagoda, another historical and religious landmark in the city believed to have been built during the time of Lord Buddha.
Legend has it that the place of the Shwedagon Pagoda was revealed at the site where the Sule Pagoda is located. Apart from its religious significance, the Sule Pagoda holds immense significance in the political history of the country as well. It was the center of the uprisings in 1988 and also the Saffron Revolution in 2007. The pagoda also features on the Yangon City Heritage List.
The Sule Pagoda embodies the Indian structure. But with the evolution of the Burmese culture, it slowly shed the other influences and incorporated local architectural styles and the shape of the pagoda underwent a change. It is said to house a strand of Buddha’s hair, which he himself gave to a couple of Burmese brothers, Balika and Tapissa. The dome of the pagoda stands tall and the golden spire on top of it adorns the Yangon skyline. The other important aspect of this pagoda is its octagonal shape.
The Sule Pagoda is also located close to important destinations in Yangon such as the Maha Bandoola Park which houses the Independence Pillar and the City Hall of Myanmar which is noted for its architectural design.