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Kyaukgu Umin

Type of monument : Cave Temple
Location : Nyaung U
Region : Nyaung U & Wetkyi-In
Built by : King Kyanzittha
Date : 13th Century
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Kyaukgu Umin or the "Rock cave tunnel" is located in the Nyaung U region. It is an interesting place because of the use it has made to the natural topographical features.

 

This temple is chosen to be built in on a deep ravine site. The temple is built into the cliff side and consist of a high ground storey surmounted by two receding terraces on which stands a small pagoda.

THE DEEP STAIRWAYS ON THE TEMPLE
 

 

A high archway provides entry into the temple which has a large square hall inside it. Inside the hall, there are two huge pillars in the centre supporting the roof and the terraces above.

BUDDHA IMAGE INSIDE THE CAVE AND ANCIENT PAINTINGS ON TOP
 

 

On the opposite side of the entrance, there is a large image of the Buddha seated on a carved lotus throne.

EMBEDDED BUDDHA IMAGES AND STUCCOS ON THE WALLS
 

 

On the walls are square panels of paintings describing the lives of the Buddha. There are doors on either side of the pillars leading into a network of tunnels running deep into the hill. Inside those tunnels are full of caves for prayer and meditation.

NARROW AND DARK PATHS INSIDE THE CAVE
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   

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