The Golden Sandbank. According to legends location of the pagoda was chosen by kings white elephant carrying a Buddhas tooth relic donated by King of Sri Lanka. The shimmering gold gilded Swezigon stupa is made of sandstone and covered with layers of leaf gold. It is perhaps the most beautiful monument in Bagan. Constructed 1044 during the reign of king Anarawtha who introduced Theravada Buddhism to Bagan.