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Kyansittha Umin (Cave Temple)

Attraction Southwest of Shwezigon | Nyaung-U, Bagan, Myanmar Published on: 13-11-2015

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Time to visit

1 hour

Opening hours

08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Should visit at

09:00 AM

Should leave before

10:00 AM

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Kyanzittha U Min of the three Kyanzittha U Mins located around Shwezigon Pagoda. The one mentioned here is on the west side.

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Why Kyansittha Umin (Cave Temple) is special ?

Kyanzittha Umin means "the cave of Kyanzittha". This cave is a lowe, unpretentious brick structure with long dark corridors. Located only a short distance west of Nyaung U village is the Kyanzittha Umin. This place is served as a temple for a place of lodging the monks. Although officially credited to Kyanzittha, this cave temple may actually date back to Anawrahta. Built into a cliff face close to the Shwezigon, the long, dimly lit corridors are decorated with frescoes, some of which are thought to have been painted by Bagan's Tartar invaders during the period of the Mongol occupation after 1287. The frescoes are dated back to the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries. There are four entrances into the cave. The building is about 29 feet high from the ground to the ceiling. The length of the cave is about 77 feet.


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What to explore at Kyansittha Umin (Cave Temple)?

Kyanzittha U Min means tunnel. It is constructed partly above ground and partly underground. Facing north, it used to have a Dhamma Sala (preaching hall) at its entrance. On the south, there are traces of the site of another Dhamma Sala. The base built of stone still remains there.

On the north there are an enclosure wall and an entrance. The walls of the U Min are adorned with ancient frescoes. The frescoes present pictures of Spires, Mount Meru, a Mongol warrior and Commander, and depict a pageant with musical instruments proceeding to the Pagoda. There is on the ceiling of the northern entrance a picture of the monk Shin Upagutta taking meal. In the middle of the U Min is a cellar around which circuits a corridor. There are small meditation cellars.

Source: http://www.baganmyanmar.com/

Selling points

  • Small temple in the cave
  • Very different from temples
  • A stone cave temple near Shwezigon
  • The most impressive frescoes in Myanmar
  • Beautifull walls and ceilings
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Duration
7.0 days
Estimated
267.34 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
21 places

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Southwest of Shwezigon | Nyaung-U, Bagan, Myanmar

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  • The interior is very dark, only has some small windows so a torch is needed to see the paintings.
    What to bring
  • Photography is not allowed inside the cave.
    Photography
  • It’s very quiet in here, and you can actually see the 700-year-old brush strokes.
    What to see
  • After you see Shwezigon Paya, walk toward the river and you will find Kyanzittha Umin on your left just before you reach the river.
    Location
  • The souvenir vendor at the entrance has the keys to temple gates.
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After you see Shwezigon Paya, walk toward the river and you will find it on your left just before you reach the river. It doesn't look special at all so this place can be easily missed. It is locked normally so our horse wagon guy asked the neighbor for key.You can find fresco but not that clear. It is said that this place was used as shelter during war and most fresco were burnt away.I don't say this place is bad or has no value but you find better fresco and nicer temple than this in Bagan.

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Antiga.Construída com tijolos, é imperioso levar lanternas por ter corredores escuros.É decorada com afrescos (aparentemente pintados pelos invasores mongóis).Não é imperdível. Mas se estiver perto, vá.

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Questo piccolo tempio a grotta è ricco di affreschi che, grazie alla poca luce, si mantengono bene. Serve una torcia per poterli apprezzare, all' interno di mura, poco afflusso di turisti e, di conseguenza, di venditori e bancarelle...per cui si apprezza la visita.

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After you see Shwezigon Paya, walk toward the river and you will find it on your left just before you reach the river. It doesn't look special at all so this place can be easily missed. It is locked normally so our horse wagon guy asked the neighbor for key. You can find fresco but not that clear. It is said that this place was used as shelter during war and most fresco were burnt away.I don't say this place is bad or has no value but you find better fresco and nicer temple than this in Bagan.

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