Bagan Pagodas

Shwezigon Pagoda

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Scholars opine that the name Shwezigon is derived from "Zeyabon", In a poem on "Nine Wonders of Shwezigon" composed by Inwa Mingyi, Shwezigon Pagoda is mentioned as "Zeyakon". In line 16 of the inscription on the bell which King Bayint Naung dedicated to Shwezigon Pagoda it is mentioned as "Zeyabon".

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Dhammayazika Pagoda

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The name of the pagoda, Dhammayazika or Dhammarajika in Pali means "Pertaining the King of Law. The structure of Dhammayazika Pagoda has pentagonal terraces instead of the usual Bagan pagodas, the square base.There are three receding terraces, ornamented with glazed Jataka plaques. On each side of the pagoda, there is a small temple housing an image of Buddha. The usual practice in most temples was to have four images facing the cardinal points, representing the four Buddhas of the present world cycle who have already attained Enlightenment.

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Bu Paya

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bu-paya1Bu Paya is located on the bank of the Ayeyawady River, in the north-west direction of the city wall of Bagan. It is traditionally opined that Bu Paya was built in A.D 3rd century by King Pyusaw Hti. The shape of the pagoda is typically Pyu. In the Pyu Period of Myanmar history, pagodas were built in cylindrical form with no decoration of art work.

In Bagan, before the bell shaped pagodas came into fashion, Pyu type pagodas were quite common. Besides Bu Paya, Nga Kywe Na Daung, Pauk Pin Ya and Htoo Pa Lay Su Tan Pagodas on the north of Thiri Pyit Saya village are of Pyu type.

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Lawka Nanda Pagoda

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King Dhatusena of Sri Lanka (Thein go Pyi) presented to King Anawrahta a replica of the sacred Tooth of the Buddha. King Anawrahta received the sacred relic in a bejewelled gold basket and put it on the back of his white Elephant and let it loose. The white elephant bearing the sacred relic roamed till it reached a hill top near Bagan jetty. There it knelt down indicating that the place was auspicious for enshrining the replica Tooth, The king had a Pagoda named Lawka Nanda built on the site in which the replica Tooth and other votive objects were enshrined Lawka Nanda is one of four pagodas at the four cardinal directions of Bagan, in each of which one replica of the Sacred Tooth was enshrined.

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Alo-daw Pyi Pagoda

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alo-daw-pyiAlo-daw Pyi Paya is a principal temple in a cluster of pagodas on the northern side of Anawrahta Road. It stands on the south east of Htilo Minlo Temple.Facing east, there is a zedi on it. A spiral stair leads to upper terraces. With sloping roofs, and perforated windows the temple is one of the early Bagan monuments belonging to the 11th century A.D. It has Mon writings.

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Mingala Zedi Pagoda

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mingala-zedi1Mingala zedi is situated on the west of the road leading to Myin Kaba village. Its shape resembles that of Shwezigon. King Narathiha-pate built it in A.D. 1284 on the model of Shwezigon Pagoda. The only difference between it and Shwezigon is that it was built upon a brick platform.

The surrounding small stupas are decorated with glazed bricks of green and yellow colours. On the three terraces are found beautiful glazed plaques depicting in relief 550 Jataka stories, adorning the structure.

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Myazedi Pagoda

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Next to the Gubyaukgyi stands the gilded Myazedi or 'Emerald Stupa'. A four-sided pillar in a cage between the two monuments bears an inscription consecrating Gubyaukgyi and written in four languages - Pyu, Mon, Old Burmese and Pali. Its linguistic and historical significance is great since it establishes the Pyu as an important cultural influence in early Bagan and relates the chronology of the Bagan kings. The inscription was about the Prince Rajakumar's feelings towards his father and the choice of the heir to the throne.

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Tuyin Taung Pagoda

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tuyin-taung-zediTuyin Taung Zedi is one of the four zedis in which King Anawrahta enshrined the four replicas of the sacred. Tooth of the Buddha, which he received as religious gift from King Dhatu Sena of Sri Lanka.

At the base of the zedi are 32 figures of elephant and like Lawka Nanda zedi, it has an octagonal platform. The structure is bell shaped. Tuyin Taung is the original name of the Bagan Period. In course of time the name has become corrupted to sound "Tu Ywin Taung" or "Ta win Taung".

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Shwe Sandaw Pagoda

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shwesandawShwe Sandaw Pagoda was built in A.D. 1057 by King Anawrahta. There are image houses at four sides. In them are hard stone images of Buddha in the posture of Jhana mudra (state of intense concentration of mind). They are stone of Anawrahta's time.

Such like Buddha images were made in the reign of Anawrahta. Hard stones were used and the images were usually massive. On the palms and soles of the images were incised night petal lotus flowers. Below these images are stone slabs with grooves to let water go out. It is therefore assumed that lustral water was poured on these images. In the eastern dovotional hall at Loka Nanda Pagoda there is a stone Buddha image of 6 * high, sculpted out of a single piece. This image is iden* in style with those of Anawrahta's time. Two images on the *d one image on the west of Shwe Sandaw Pagoda are also of Jhana mudra pose.

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Seddana Pagoda

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Seddana Pagoda is a pagoda on the medieval Sinhalese dagaba, and has a bell-shaped dome on a circular base. This large, bell-shaped pagoda is set on four square terraces, each fronted by a standing Buddha image in brick-and-stucco. On each side of the terraces, at the base of the pagoda, are 39 images of elephants making a total of 156 elephants. At the southwest base of the pagoda, there is an entrance inside the monument. Inside, there is a 4 feet square-type stone box in which are ancient glazed plaques and bronze images. The pagoda was built by Htilominlo and stands slightly south of Thiripyitsaya.

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Soemingyi Pagoda

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Soemingyi Pagoda is located near the Soemingyi Temple. It was built by the Senior Queen or Lady Soemingyi during the 12th Century.The structure of this pagoda has a square base with many terraces leading to the top part, which is a cylindrical dome on top, which is the main shrine. To hold up the weight of the structure, sandstone blocks hold each corner giving more enforcement to it. There are many glazed plaques describing the animals, flowers and the lifestyles of the Bagan people.

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Mahazedi Pagoda

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The name of the pagoda, Dhammayazika or Dhammarajika in Pali means "Pertaining the King of Law. The structure of Dhammayazika Pagoda has pentagonal terraces instead of the usual Bagan pagodas, the square base.There are three receding terraces, ornamented with glazed Jataka plaques. On each side of the pagoda, there is a small temple housing an image of Buddha. The usual practice in most temples was to have four images facing the cardinal points, representing the four Buddhas of the present world cycle who have already attained Enlightenment.

 

Ngakywenadaung Pagoda

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The cylindraical body of this stupa placed on a high circular basement, bulges near the top and assumes a bulbous shape. Originally, there might have been a finial above it though no traces of it now remain. The present height is 43 feet. A greater portion of the pagoda is still covered with green glazed tiles. Though it cannot be precisely dated the stupa seems to belong to early 12th century A.D. Popular tradition, however, attributes it to King Taungthugyi of 10th century A.D.

 

Ashe Petleik and Anauk Petleik Pagodas

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The two Petleik pagodas-the Ashe (Eastern) and Anauk (Western) - belong to the 11th century and have beenassigned to the reign of Anawrahta (1044-1077). They are rather similar in form, but the Eastern pagoda is larger, in girth as well as in height. The name Petleik, " Rolled Leaves", probably derives from the resemblance in shape of the dome and the finial to ear ornaments made of rolled gold leaves. The Western pagoda is betterpreserved and has a bell-shaped dome, with rings of moulding at the middle and towards the base. An unusual feature of the dome are the four deep niches at the cardinal points to house images of the Buddha. A damaged bowl-shaped disc rests on the dome in the Western pagoda, while in the Eastern pagoda a box-like relic chamber occupies the cor responding position. The finial which rises above is in the form of a truncated cone.

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Pawdawmu Pagoda

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The builders of Bagan worked with a fierce energy, not only creating wholly new structures but also building over existing ones, encasing older pagodas in larger and newer ones. The Pawdawmu provides an interesting example of an encased pagoda-peculiar in shape, because it belongs to an earlier period,and well preserved, because it was encased. It stands only 16 feet high above its platform, but the Pawdawmu provides many interesting features. There are three terraces usual in most pagodas, but their shape is hexagonal instead of the usual square. The dome which rises above the terraces looks ordinary and is bell-shaped. But, again, the fmial which surmounts it is unusual. While most finials are conical and ringed, this one is pyramidal and smooth and terminates in a double lotus from which emerges asmall cone.

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Seinnyet Nyima Pagoda

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It is a solid stupa1 resting on three terraces. Traditionallyassigned to I Ith century A.D. The bell-shaped dome is ornamented with moulded bands andkirttimukha (ogre-head) pendants, between four pedimented niches facing the cardinal points.Each of these niches enshrines a seated Buddha. The terraces have miniature stupas at thecorners and each stupa in the second terrace is guarded by a lion. The structure is crownedby a stylized umbrella in the form of concentric rings on a foliated relic-chamber.

 

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Pebingyaung Pagoda

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This small pagoda is essentially a Sinhalese type with a large bell-shaped dome surmounted by a square-based relic chamber which, in its turn, is crowned by a conical stupa. The dome rests on very low terraces, the whole structure assuming a form simpler than the Sapada. It may be ascribed to the 12th century A.D.

 

Sapada Zedi

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There are two zedis "Sapadaw" and "Sapada" at the entrance of Nyaung U town near Nget Pyit Taung.
Sapada zedi stands in a triangle plot at the junction of the roads leading to Nyaung U town.
Sapada zedi is locally known as "Paya Ni". The two zedis were modelled on the design of Stupa Rama zedi in Anuraddha pura in Sri Lanka. Maha Thera Sapada built them.

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Nget Pyit Taung Zedi

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On a hillock named Nget Pyit Taung are two zedis each about 25 feet high.

In a tunnel on the northside of Nget Pyit Taung there is a Buddha image of 14 feet high in an earth-touching gesture. It is named Gotama Buddha. On the northern wall of the zedi on the south there are ink writings which say, "In the sakarit year 726 (i.e A. D 1364) the Buddha image was broken open by treasure hunters. The Maha Thera (i.e senior monk) of Nget Pyit Taung repaired the image".

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Nga Myet Hna (Pentagonal) Zedi (Ein Ya Kyaung Pagoda)

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Among over two thousand pagodas and monuments in Bagan area, there are 16 pentagonal zedis, of which it is one.

It stands on the south of Upali Sima, by the side of Bagan - Nyaung U road. It has an enclosure wall.

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Myet Taw Pyay Pagoda

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Myet Taw Pyay Paya is situated within the enclosure wall and east of Atwin Zigon Paya. It faces east. The zedi stands on a brick Kalakyaung house. Inside the house is a large Buddha Image. Before its renovation a zedi with a sikhara was seen within it through the relic chamber's hole.

It is traditionally held that Myet Taw Pyay Paya was built by King Kyanzittha, and he built it to atone for a sin he had committed.

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Atwin Zigon Pagoda

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As this Pagoda is located within the city walls and close to the Palace site, it comes to acquire the name "Atwin Zigon" Paya. Shwezigon of Nyaung U is outside the city walls and in the north-east direction. Atwin Zigon is a double pagodas, one enclosing the other.

The inner one was built by King Kunzaw Kyaung Hpyu. The outer one which enclosed the inner was built by King Kyanzittha. It is traditionally held that on the site of Atwin Zigon Paya, Shin Arahan, Min Maha Giri, Kyanzittha, Alaung Si thu and King Thet Min Katon of Rakhine in their previous existences, unitedly swore the oath of faithfulness to one another and to help one another when in trouble.

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