Sule Pagoda is located in downtown of Yangon and according to the legend it was built before the Shwedagon Pagoda during the time of Buddha , makng it more than 2500 years old . The Pagoda is listed on the Yangon City Heritage. The Sule Pagoda was made the centre of Yangon by Lt.Alexandar Fraser of the Bengel Enigeers , who created the present street layout of Yangon . Sule Pagoda is a part of the city's economic and public life . During the 1988 and 2007 protests, the Sule Pagoda was a functional meeting point for anti-government and pro-democracy protesters .
During the 8888 uprising , the Pagoda was an organizing point and destination selected on the basis of its location and symbolic meaning . In 2007 , during the Saffron Revolution , the Sule Pagoda was again utilized as a rallying point for the pro-democracy demonstrations . Many thousands of monks gathered to pray around the Pagoda . Sadly , in both 1988 and 2007 , the Sule Pagoda became the first place to witness the brutal reaction by Myanmar government against the protesters .