The architectural design of the Lawkananda Pagoda bespeaks some indication of the transition between old Pyu and the newer Bagan style.
The distinctive feature of the pagoda is its elongated, bell-shaped dome, and its situation on an octagonal base of three receding tiers. The lower two tiers are fitted with flights of steps on three sides. The bell-shaped dome is a simple, cylindrical dome with no decorative designs. The concentric rings on the top of the dome are adorned with intricate flower motifs. The pagoda is topped with a multi-tiered, gilded umbrella, called hti, adorned with jewels.
The chamber where the Buddha Tooth relic is enshrined is not accessible. In the past, the solid brick pagoda was white, however, it has recently been gilded.