Attraction Next to the Bagan - Chauk highway, Bagan, Myanmar Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Seinnyet Nyima Paya & Seinnyet Ama Pahto is special ?
Seinnyat Nyima and Seinnyet Ama Temples are two close temples which located in the Myinkaba region, next to the Bagan - Chauk highway. They were built by Seinnyet Queen sisters. The "Seinnyet Sisters", the Ama (Elder Sister) a temple, and the Nyima (Younger Sister) a pagoda, stand together in a brick enclosure. This stupa and shrine stand side by side (about 820 feet north of New Bagan) and are traditionally ascribed to Queen Seinnyet in the 11th century, although the architecture clearly points to a period two centuries later. The zedi rests on three terraces and is topped by a beautiful stylised umbrella.
What to explore at Seinnyet Nyima Paya & Seinnyet Ama Pahto?
Seinnyet Nyima Pagoda was traditionally assigned to 11th century AD. It is a stupa with three terraces and bell shaped dome. The bell shaped dome is ornamented with moulded bands and kirttimukha (ogre-head) pendants, between four pedimented niches facing the cardinal points. The temple has entrances on all four sides but the eastern entrance is the main one. The superstructure consists of four steep receding terraces, the lower three of which have medical stairways. Above these terraces rises a curvilinear spire. The triple pediments which once framed the entrances are now much damaged, but the stucco carvings which remain, decorative scrolls, ogre-heads disgorging flowers, bird and animal figures some of which are mythical, hint at the richness of the original ornamentation.
How to get to Seinnyet Nyima Paya & Seinnyet Ama Pahto?
The two temple are located next to the Bagan - Chauk highway. It's 20 minutes driving from the Nyaung U Airport. Visitors can visit the place by taxi, horse cart or e-bike and bicycle which can be easy to catch everywhere in Bagan.
- A solid stupa resting on three terraces
- The bell-shaped dome
- The superstructure of four steep terraces
- Unique stucco carvings
- Medical stairways
Next to the Bagan - Chauk highway, Bagan, Myanmar
Tips for you
We had a chance to see the Seinnyet Nyima Pagoda. The pogoda has the typical architecture of bell shaped dome. What made it different was the superstructure of four steep terraces and a solid resting on three terraces. Coming here in the late afternoon and felt the peaceful and sarced ambience of the temple complex. It would be a best experience in your life time!