Bagan Gubyaukgyi Wetkyi-inn Temple, Bu Le Thi pagoda and Salay Yoke Sone Kyaun


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From the 9th to 13th centuries, Bagan was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom's height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.

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  • Maravillosa presentación Michaella, me han gustado los dos pero el templo del siglo XIX es fantástico, tiene unas esculturas preciosas. Muchas gracias, me encanta conocer arte y si es de paises de los que no conozco nada es como si estuviera en una nube. Felicitaciones, Pilar
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  • Very good show Michaela! Beautiful temples. Thanks for this tour.
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    2. 2. This 13th-century 'cave temple' has an Indian-style spire resembling the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya in India. Gubyaukgyi Temple, near Wetkyi-in village, displays strong Indian influence
    3. 3. Gu meaning "cave" in Myanmar. This temple is known for its wall paintings depicting scenes from the Jatakas (life stories of the Buddha). To distinguish it from the temple of the same name in Myinkaba, this monument is sometimes called 'Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi'.
    4. 4. The Gubyaukgyi Temple was restored in 1468
    5. 5. Around the temple, there are plenty of vendors selling souvenirs, shirts, and drinks.
    6. 6. Tecoma stans 'Gold Star’ (Esperanza, Yellow Bells, Yellow Alder)
    7. 7. Inside are remains tempera paintings the of wall
    8. 8. Inside are the remains of tempera wall paintings, including a charming one of Gautama Buddha during his incarnation as a hermit walking with his mother, as well as a frieze of the 28 Buddhas (24 are from previous cosmic worlds, while the last four are from the present world cycle, Gautama being the 28th Buddha). Each one sits under a different tree, for each enlightenment took place under a different species.
    9. 9. Many of the larger pagodas in Bagan had multi-level terraces, which were possible to climb by going up steep stairs. The top most terrace of the Bu Le Thi pagoda had one of the best overlooking views of major temples in Old Bagan and Myinkaba
    10. 10. Mingala Zedi Pagoda. King Narathiha-pate built it in A.D. 1277 on the model of Shwezigon Pagoda. The only difference between it and Shwezigon is that it was built upon a brick platform.
    11. 11. Mingala Zedi Pagoda Bu Le Thi pagoda
    12. 12. Mingalar Zedi Pagoda or the “Blessing Stupa” lies close to the Ayeyarwaddy River Bank. The Pagoda was built in 1277 by King Narathihapati. It was the very last of the large late period monuments to be built before the kingdom’s decline, thus representing the final flowering of Bagan’s architectural skills. It took six whole years to complete the construction of this great monument.
    13. 13. Salay is a colorful old religious center in Central Myanmar. It is about 1 ½ hours drive south of Bagan. It is famous for spectacular woodcarvings monastery “Yoke-Sone-Kyaung” built in AD 1882.
    14. 14. Entrance monastery “Yoke-Sone-Kyaung”
    15. 15. monastery “Yoke-Sone-Kyaung”
    16. 16. The 19th century wooden monastery Yoke Sone Kyaung is famous for its exquisite wooden carvings.
    17. 17. Teak is the common name for the tropical hardwood tree species Tectona grandis  and its wood products. The species is placed in the family Lamiaceae. Tectona grandis is a large, deciduous tree that is dominant in mixed hardwood forests. It has small, fragrant white flowers and papery leaves that are often hairy on the lower surface. It is sometimes known as the "Burmese Teak".
    18. 18. Teak wood has a leather-like smell when it is freshly milled. Teak timber is particularly valued for its durability and water resistance, and is used for boat building, exterior construction, veneer, furniture, carving, turnings, and other small wood projects. Tectona grandis is native to south and southeast Asia, mainly India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Burma, but is naturalized and cultivated in many countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Burma accounts for nearly one third of the world's total teak production
    19. 19. The Yoke-Sone-Kyaung Monastery is a Burmese Cultural Heritage site and its buildings are all fabulously decorated with religious wood carvings
    20. 20. Text: Internet Pictures: Sanda Foişoreanu & Internet Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu Sound: Mar Mar Aye - Burma Traditional Music