Efforts are underway on the Rangoon River by a local team to find and recover the Great Bell of Dhammazedi – a giant bell that is said to have sunk 400 years ago.
The bronze Dhammazedi Bell is believed to have been cast in the 15th Century and is reputed to be the world’s largest, as some records say it weighs about 270 tonnes.he bell is named after King Dhammazedi, a Mon ruler of Hanthawaddy in Pegu who commissioned the bell to be cast in 1484. Records show it originally stood at Shwedagon Pagoda but was removed in 1608 by Filipe de Brito e Nicote, a Portuguese warlord and mercenary who ruled Syriam (now Thanlyin) across the Rangoon River.


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