The first pagoda in the US was built on the Allegheny Mountains in New York by Dat Paung Zon Sayadaw U Thilawunta (also known fondly as “Mon Sayadaw”) in the 50’s.
Following the Dhamma Duta Mission by Taung Pu Lu Sayadaw in the late 70’s, two pagodas were built at TKAM (Taung Pu Lu Kaba Aye Monastery) in Boulder Creek, Northern California. Pa yan sayas from Burma/Myanmar were brought in for the project.
Pagodas were also built in
- Sae Taw Win II Dhamma Center, Sebastapol, Northern California
- Azusa Monastery in Los Angeles, Southern California
- New Jersey
- Sitagu Monastery in (a) Texas (b) Florida (c) Minneapolis
- Chaitya Monastery in Nevada, Las Vegas
- Due to restrictions such as zoning laws, scenic routes, and historical buildings, it is not easy to build pagodas in the US.