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Gubyauk Gyi (Myinkaba) Pagoda is good for
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Why Gubyauk Gyi (Myinkaba) Pagoda is special ?
Gubyuakgyi (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.
What to explore at Gubyauk Gyi (Myinkaba) Pagoda?
Visiting Gubyaukgyi Temple, you can see a spire resembling the Mahabodhi Temple at Buddha Gaya in India. You can see its wall paintings which depicts scenes from the previous lives of the Buddha. The ceiling of this temple is full of wall paintings and the halls have enough lights to view these clearly. There is a Buddha Image in the first hallway and with the marvelous paintings of the Man-Nat at the back of the image. The main entrance of the temple is large and the paintings of the halls can be seen very clearly. Inside temple, you can admire the twenty eight Buddha images. The walls are full of carvings in many different ways. Tourists can have a great chance in viewing the ancient carvings, paintings and more.
How to get to Gubyauk Gyi (Myinkaba) Pagoda?
It takes 20 minutes driving from Nyaung U Airport. To visit this temple, one must go to the Anawrahta Road. It is located on the right hand side in the direction of Old Bagan.
- Frescoes and stucco works
- Captions in ink inscription
- A great sunset viewing spot
- Cave temple with fine frescoes
- Buddha's eight glorious victories.
Gu Byauk Gyi, Myinkaba, Burma
Tips for you
This is a fairly small temple - but the frescoes inside are jawdropping. There is scaffolding up inside, very dim lighting - and there are many artists tracing the frescoes to make their sand paintings which are sold outside. It is remarkable how well preserved the paint is - and how intricate the paintings are ... In addition to the temple - big shout out to Maung Pa. He is one of the sellers of sand paintings. His works is beautiful and he is incredibly charming. We happened to buy some paintings from him (he is immediately outside the temple to the right as you face the temple) He then offered to draw a small elephant for a friend, then ended giving four of us a little quickly done drawing - elephants and dragons - He invited us to his "studio" - an open area behind the temple. He has a website - bagansandpainting.weebly.com - beautiful stuff.