Bagan | Myanmar | Myin Ka Bar

Gubyaukgyi Temple Myinkaba

Southeast Asia Tour 2015

Bagan | Myanmar

30 Nov 2015 | Mon

Day 12 of 46

  • Flight | Yangon International Airport to Bagan Nyaung-U Airport
  • Nyaung-U Town | Mani Sithu Market
  • Shwezigon Pagoda Nyaung-U
  • Gubyaukgyi Temple Myinkaba
  • Bagan’s Vast Temple Plains
  • Htilominlo Temple Nyaung-U
  • Ananda Temple Bagan
  • Queen Restaurant Nyaung-U
  • The Hotel at Tharabar Gate Bagan
  • Manuha Temple Myinkaba
  • Nanpaya Temple Myinkaba
  • Lacquerware Factory Bagan
  • Thatbyinnyu Temple Bagan
  • Our First Sunset in Bagan

Gubyaukgyi Temple Myinkaba

The Gubyaukgyi Temple is located in the ancient city of Myinkaba, located in the Bagan Archaeological Zone in Myanmar. Dating back to 1113 AD, this temple was built during the reign of King Kyansittha of Pagan Dynasty. The temple stands out for its unique two-story structure and its intricate carvings depicting scenes from Buddhist mythology.

Gubyaukgyi Temple Myinkaba

The temple consists of a lower story and an upper story, both with Buddha statues set into their walls. Inside the lower story, visitors can find a huge seated Buddha statue surrounded by carvings depicting scenes from Hindu epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata. The upper level has four entrances leading to small chambers with murals that depict Jataka tales – stories about the life of Buddha before his enlightenment.

Gubyaukgyi Temple Myinkaba

The Gubyaukgyi (alt. Kubyauk-gyi) temple, located just south of Bagan, Myanmar, in Myinkaba Village, is a Buddhist temple built in 1113 AD by Prince Yazakumar, shortly after the death of his father, King Kyansittha of the Pagan Dynasty. The temple is notable for two reasons. First, it contains a large array of well-preserved frescoes on its interior walls, the oldest original paintings to be found in Bagan. All of the frescoes are accompanied by ink captions written in Old Mon, providing one of the earliest examples of the language’s use in Myanmar. Second, the temple is located just to the west of the Myazedi Pagoda, at which was found two stone pillars with inscriptions written in four, ancient Southeast Asian languages: Pali, Old Mon, Old Burmese, and Pyu. The inscription on the pillar displayed by the Myazedi Pagoda has been called the Burmese Rosetta Stone, given its significance both historically and linguistically, as a key to cracking the Pyu language.

– Wikipedia Gubyaukgyi Temple Myinkaba

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