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Nagayon Temple

Type of monument : Type III Temple
Location : South of Nanpaya
Region : Myinkaba
Built by : King Kyanzittha
Date : 12th Century
Monument Number : 1192
Photo Gallery : View 7 Photos

Slightly south of Myinkaba, this elegant and well-preserved temple was built by Kyanzittha.

This is a place where the legend says that Kyanzittha was sheltered by a serpent known as while fleeing from his angry brother and predecessor Sawlu Min. Therefore during his reign over Bagan, King Kyanzittha built this temple with the name of "Nagayon" meaning "sheltered by serpent".

IMAGES INSIDE THE TEMPLE
 

Inside the temple, the main Buddha image is twice life size and shelters under the hood of a huge naga, or serpent. The outer, dark corridor has many niches with images of the earlier Buddhas. Paintings also decorate the corridor walls. The central shrine has two smaller standing Buddhas as well as the large one. The small ruined stupa of Pawdawmu Paya is located nearby.

ANCIENT MURAL PAINTINGS ON THE WALLS OF THE TEMPLE
 

 

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