|Type of monument
||: Type III Temple
||: North of Myinkaba Paya
||: Prince Rajakumar
||: A.D 1113
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Situated just to the left of the road as you enter Myinkaba, this
temple was built in 1113 by Kyanzittha's son Rajakumar, on his
father's death. Prince Rajakumar was the son of King Kyanzittha and
the niece of a monk. Kyanzittha met the woman while he was a refugee
before his time. Rajakumar was the rightful heir to the throne of
Bagan. But Kyanzittha had designated his grandson, Alaungsithu, as
heir, and Rajakumar relinquished his right.
The temple is in an Indian style, the monument consists of a large
shrine room attached to a smaller antechamber. The fine stuccowork
on its exterior walls is in particularly good condition.
MAGNIFICENT STUCCOS ON THE EXTERIOR OF THE
The Early period temple is also of particular interest for the
well-preserved paintings inside, which are thought to date from the
original construction of the temple and to be the oldest remaining
in Bagan. The temple is typical of the Mon style in that the
interior is dimly lit by perforated rather than open windows. It is
generally kept locked and there are temple keepers from the village
and can ask for permission to open it.