Myazedi Stupa

BAGAN, Myanmar (Burma) – Myazedi Stupa, which translates as “emerald stupa,” has an ancient stone tablet that includes the earliest known example of written Burmese language.

Buddha Shrine at Myazedi Pagoda, Myinkaba Village, Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar / Burma Travel Update

Since I was there, the situation in Myanmar/Burma has changed a lot. In February 2021, a military coup sparked widespread civil unrest and armed conflict.

The U.S. State Department currently advises: "Do not travel to Burma due to civil unrest and armed conflict." You can find their full travel advisory and security alerts here. And you can find the British Foreign Office's travel advice for Myanmar / Burma here.

Myazedi, which translates as “emerald stupa,” is located just north of Myinkaba Village and just south of Old Bagan.

A notable item at the Myazedi stupa is a stone slab with the text in four languages: Pyu, Mon, Pali, and Burmese. It’s the earliest dated example of written Burmese language, dated to 1112 or 1113. Prior to that, the Mon language was used most often for written documents.1 It’s one of a pair, and this one was reconstructed from several large fragments. Its partner slab was better preserved and is now in the museum up the road.

It’s only a single stone slab, and while it’s not as visually impressive as the so-called World’s Largest Book at Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay, it’s impressive in its own right for its age.

Photos of Myazedi Stupa

Stone Tablet at Myazedi Pagoda, Bagan, Myanmar
The stone tablet with inscribed text, pieced together from several large fragments. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Visitors in the Rain at Myazedi Pagoda, Myinkaba Village, Myanmar (Burma)
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Donation Box at Myazedi Pagoda, Myinkaba Village, Myanmar (Burma)
A donation box near the entrance. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel

What to Know Before You Go

It’s sometimes referred to as Myazedi Stupa and sometimes as Myazedi Pagoda. You might also see reference to the Mya Zedi Quadrilingual Stone Inscription. That’s the stone tablet in the courtyard.

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  1. Donald M. Stadtner, Ancient Pagan: Buddhist Plain of Merit (Bangkok: River Books, 2013), pp. 24, 172. []
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