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Lawkahteikpan Temple

Type of monument : Type II Temple (Kundaung Pauk Gu)
Location : Southeast of Bagan and North of Shwesandaw
Region : Old Bagan
Built by : Unknown
Date : 12th Century
Monument Number : 1580

Lawkahteikpan is a small temple close to the large pagoda Shwesandaw and built by King Alaungsithu, the successor of Kyanzittha. Lawkahteikpan means "The adorned tip of the world".

It has been one of Bagan's great constructions and the small temple was being decorated with pure jewels. The architectural style of the temple is typical for the intermediate period. It is thought that this temple dates from the middle of the 12th century. It is the golden age of the mural. In spite of its modest size, this temple releases an impression of power and of majesty and the proportions come very close to perfection. Inside the temple, anyone can be surprised by the unit between so harmonious architecture outside and paintings. Many wall painting scenes of jatakas aiming at giving a strong visual impression can found. The choice of the colours is limited, only dark blue, red and white are dominating.
 

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