The Hti can be said as the main distinctive feature of pagodas in Myanmar, as they are more prominent than their Sri Lankan counterparts, while the Laotian and Thai pagodas do not have any.
The Hti is considered the most important part of the pagoda, a special ceremony being held for the placing of the hti on the pagoda called hti tin pwe (ထီးတင်ပွဲ).
Hti have been found on pagodas constructed by all four of the pagoda building ethnic groups of Myanmar:
The Htis of the temples of Bagan and Mrauk U, the two archeological treasure troves of Myanmar, are all made of stone, while the htis of the pagodas there and elsewhere around Myanmar are made of metal (usually iron or steel), coated with gold. The hti is then decorated with golden or gold-plated brass and bronze bells (ခေါင်းလောင်း), and at jewelry donated by the devote and pious.
The tip of the hti is always studded with precious stones, usually diamonds. This is called the sein hpu daw (စိန်ဖူးတော်; lit. esteemed diamond bud).
The Hti of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is about one and a half stories tall. The older hti, donated by the penultimate King of Burma, Mindon Min, can be seen at a temple inside the middle Shwedagon platform (အလယ်ပစ္စယ or ရင်ပြင်တော်)