- When the colonial city of Rangoon (Yangon) was constructed in a rectangular grid pattern by British engineers after the Second Anglo-Burmese War, the Sule Pagoda was chosen as the town center. Reputed to be over 2,000 years old, it is 46 meters high and is believed to contain a hair relic of Gotama Buddha. Aside from its location in the city center, surrounded by lively streets and shops, the pagoda's most striking feature is a large image of the Sule Nat, an ogre (bilu) who converted to Buddhism, who points with his hand toward the place where the Shwe Dagon Pagoda stands. The pagoda is also known by its Mon name, Kyaik Athok. Since the colonial era, the area around the Sule Pagoda and Rangoon City Hall has frequently been the site of popular rallies and demonstrations.See also Democracy Summer.
Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). Donald M. Seekins . 2014.
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