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Why Thet Kya Muni is special ?
Thet Kya Muni is a complex of three small temples numbered 147,148,149. Two stone inscriptions dated 1238 and 1263 recorded the donation of slaves but the donors, one couple and a woman simply called ‘grandmother’, cannot be taken as builders of the temple. There are wall paintings in all three of them, but the most elegantly done are in 147.
This temple is situated at Chauk Paya Hla on the east of Nyaung U town. Originally it was a Pagoda of forest monastery. Because it is close to Weiluwaddy Pagoda which was built by the Queen of King Narapatisithu and because of its frescoes and ink inscriptions of the time, it may safely assume that it was built in the reign of King Narapatisithu (A.D 1173 - 1210).
What to explore at Thet Kya Muni?
Thet Kya Muni faces west and there are frescoes on the inner walls of the north and south sides of the devotional hall. They depict scenes from 550 jatakas and pictures of 28 Buddhas.
Also depicted in the frescoes are religious works of Emperor Asoka who built 84000 Zedis and Asokayama Monastery, and his daughter Princess Sanghasumita carrying saplings of Bodhi tree to Sri Lanka for planting them there. There are captions in ink writing describing such events. Thet Kya Muni Paya is one of rare monuments in Bagan noted for fine frescoes and stucco figures and floral designs.
On the immediate south of Thet Kya Muni Paya, there is a small temple facing west. It is registered No.148. Here in this temple we find plaster works and frescoes of high artistic skill. There are two old stone pillars with inscriptions in Thet Kya Muni Paya.
How to get to Thet Kya Muni?
Thet Kya Muni is 15 minutes driving from Nyaung U Airport. Visitors can reach the place by taxi or horse cart from the airport.
- Frescoes and ink inscriptions
- 550 jatakas and pictures of 28 Buddhas.
- Religious works of Emperor Asoka
- Tucco figures and floral designs.
- High artistic skill.
Nyaung-U Myanmar (Burma)
if you love history and culture bagan is best of the best. We visited many temple. We remember the Thetkyamuni Temple where has entrances on all four sides, but the main porched entrance is orientated to the west. It hard to believe that the building was so original and best preserved over a long period of time. We could also learn about the lives of Buddha and the old people spiritual beings. Love this land and this temple. Strongly recommend!