Bargaya Monastery

Attraction Kyaukse Myanmar (Burma) Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
Second-time visit
Temple & Monument
0.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Bargaya Monastery was built in 1834 A.D. during the reign of King Bagyidaw. Being built entirely of teak wood, the monastery has 267 gigantic teak wood posts.

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Why Bargaya Monastery is special ?

This monastery was built by King Bagyidaw in 1196 AD when Amarapura was the capital. It was built of brick and stucco but it was destroyed by fire twice, in 1821 and 1866. It is famous for its impressive ornate wood carvings, 267 teak pillars and a superb collection of Buddha images, and the monastery, 180 feet in length and 103 feet wide, is a showcase of Innwa era heritage.

In 1951 the Myatheindan Sayadaw (chief abbot) constructed a two-storey brick building to house 500 Buddha images and 5,000 sets of pe-sa, or palm-leaf manuscripts. The government carried out reconstruction work on the monastery between 1993 and 1996. The Bagayar monastery is now mainly a museum housing interesting collections of Buddha images and palm-leaf manuscripts.


Selling points

  • Ancient ruins amid the rice fields
  • Very different from the other sites
  • Very different from the other sites
  • A very amazing Buddha collection
  • True intangible Heritage surround
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Tips for you

  • Take a pony and trap from the river, it's just too hot to walk.
  • You shoud remember to dress appropriately as a mark of respect to Buddhism.
    What to wear
  • A lot of hawkers detracted from the ambiance, say no if you don't like them.
  • You should be careful when you walk barefoot as the some of the nails in the wooden floor are loose and can injure you.


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I agree with the last reviewer that there is some confusion on Tripadvisor about this site so, like him, I have stuck to what I believe to be the correct name, as supported by the main photo. The teak structure is raised for flood protection and supported by 267 huge posts. It is an amazing building. There are many ornate carvings and reliefs. You can only marvel at the patience and skill of the original builders. It is a working monastery and, during our visit, we saw a group of very young monks being taught. If you visit you will probably complete the trip from the river by horse and cart. This is an interesting experience because the roads are in an appalling condition. The bouncy ride is fun but not for anyone with a bad back. On this trip you will probably go inside the neighbouring palace grounds, now used for farming and containing the leaning watch tower. One of the most interesting places to see in the country.

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