308 BC
King Srimasoka

Cleared the overgrowth and built a pagoda and an enclosing pavilion with a tiered pyramidal roof

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1353 - 1385
Banya - U

Removed the enclosing pavilion and enlarged the pagoda, raising it to a height of 40 cubits

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1453 - 1472
Queen Shinsawbu

Leveled the hillocks there, filled up the ravines, made a retaining embankment of laterite and bricks, built an enclosure wall and planted coconut trees within the enclosure

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1472 - 1492
King Dhammazedi

Contributed gold the weight of himself and his queen for the gliding of the pagoda and cast a huge bell for it, 8 cubits wide at the mouth and 12 cubits high.

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1608
Filipe de Brito e Nicote

Carried away Dhammazedi Bell to be melted down and cast into a cannon.

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1605 - 1628
Anaukpetlun

Donated a bell and 6 years later donated a new umbrella, and just a year after a severe earthquake in November 1620 compelled him to reconstruct Shwedagon and to donate another umbrella

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1763 - 1776
Hsinbyushin

Gave Shwedagon its present height and appearance. Also donated his weight in gold 77 kilos for the gliding of the pagoda & donated a new umbrella

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1824
Sir Archibald Campbell

Claimed Singu's Bell as a prize of war. But while attempting to carry the bell on board a ship, it slid and sank into the river. The British failed to recover the bell, but the Myanmar later did so by the device of securing the bell to a brig with cables at low tide and then letting the incoming tide float the bell free

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1838 - 1846
Tharyarwady

Ma Mya Glay, his queen of the Western Palace-built a covering roof over the western stairway. Tharyarwady himself had 52 kg of gold beaten into fine gold leaf for the gliding of the pagoda. He also donated a bell 42 tons in weight.

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1852 - 1878
Mindon

In December 1869, he donated a new "umbrella"

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