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Shway [Shwe] Dagon (or the Golden) Pagoda - Rangoon, c. 1880

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3029D/7

Scope and Contents

100 x 132 mm. Showing the massive 368 foot spire of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda, situated on a hill overlooking Rangoon. The original date of foundation of the temple is lost in myth, but the buildings assumed their present form in the 1560s. A pencilled annotation on the reverse of the print includes the additional phrase 'from North entrance'. The ink annotation on the reverse states 'Photo by J. Jackson, Rangoon'. The date attribution is based on the following observations: the Shwedagon Pagoda is already equipped with the later Htee (Umbrella or tip of the Pagoda) that was installed in Nov. 1871; the image also shows gas lamps which were introduced around 1875.


  • Creation: c. 1880


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Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition.


For a history of the building see: Pearn, B. R. (1939), A History of Rangoon, Rangoon: American Baptist Mission Press, pp. 1-127.




Jackson, J, fl 1860-1919, photographer

Finding aid date

2003-09-30 11:35:33+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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