Burmese. Name of an ancient
pagoda, which today is
on a roundabout in the centre of downtown Yangon. According to
legend, this temple dates from the time of the
(mid-6th century BC)
and thus predates even the majestic
of which construction is said to
have started in the 5th century AD.
The legend states that the Sule Pagoda stands on the place where
once a powerful
named Sularata, i.e. the nat of Sule, resided. This nat was so old that he
was the only one who could remember, and thus reveal to the others, the site
where three previous
in the past had buried some sacred relics. Sule is a
landmark edifice and its octagonal
is believed to enshrine a strand of hair of the Buddha.