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Myanmar (Burma), Mingun, March 2012
The Hsinbyume Pagoda, also known as Myatheindan Pagoda, is a large pagoda on the northern side of Mingun in Sagaing Region, on the western bank of the Irrawaddy River. The pagoda is painted white and is modeled on the physical description of the Buddhist mythological mountain, Mount Meru.
The pagoda was built in 1816 by Bagyidaw. It is dedicated to the memory of his first consort and cousin, Princess Hsinbyume (Princess White Elephant, 1789–1812) who had died in childbirth in a site nearby. The pagoda was badly damaged by an earthquake in 1836 and was restored by King Mindon in 1874: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hsinphyumae_Pagoda