Tradition has it that over a tiny spot of land which remained unsubmerged in the shallow sea. One Hintha, a mythical bird of the duck species, alighted to rest. Its mate, finding no other land to rest upon, perched on its back. With the gradual expansion of the Irrawaddy Sittang deltaic area, the little spot assumed significantly the form of a hilock, and came to acquire some sort of historical as well as religious importance. It was on this hillock that the Revd. U Khanti the hermit-architect of Mandalay Hill and Shwesettaw pagodas, built the present Hinthakone pagoda with contributions from the general public. The hillock has come to be known as Hinthakone, the resting place of the two mythical birds and forms an important histrorical landmark. It commands a panoramic view of the surrounding areas.