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Gu Byauk Nge (Wetkyi Inn)

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Wet Kyi Inn Gu Byauk Nge is located at a distance of 200 yards. It was built earlier than Wet Kyi Inn Gu Byauk Kyi. It is an ancient architecture of A.D 11th century.

Its design and size resemble those of Myinkaba Gu Byauk Kyi. It is noted for fine stucco works. It is one of those Bagan temples adorned with accomplished stucco art works. In the temple are large Buddha statues of brick and plaster but the hands are of stone.

A piece of stone image hand is on display at the archaeological museum. Some Buddha stone statues exhibited in the museum were moved from the surrounding Zedis on the second storey of Wet Kyi Inn Gu Byauk Nge.

One peculiar architectural characteristic of this monument is its Sikhara which is quite different from those of other temples. The niches on its surface are circular in which there might have been Buddha statues.

The original frescoes on the walls inside the vaulted hall are blackened with thick layers of soot produced by the cooking done by the refugees who lived there during the second world war. Since December 1994 the Archaeological Department has been cleaning the blackened walls with chemicals.


 

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