|Type of monument
||: Type III Temple (Zedi Pauk Gu)
||: West of Nathlaung Kyaung
||: Old Bagan
||: King Taungthugyi (or) King Sawlu
||: 11th Century or earlier
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This temple is popularly held to be one of five temples built by
the non-historical King Taungthugyi (931-964) referred to history.
But some of the archeologists also mark that it was built by
King Sawlu by the references of the wall paintings which dates
back only to the 11th Century.
King Taungthugyi was also
known as Nyaung U Sawrahan. This temple was known to have been built
like one of those in Thaton. Therefore, the temple compose of many
Mon style paintings in the inside.
But the temple was renovated during the
reign of King Kyanzittha (1084-1113).
BUDDHA IMAGES INSIDE THE TEMPLE
Pahtothamya temple has a long hall which
lengthens towards the East. This monument has a harmonious
proportion, having a height of 26 meter, 30 meter on the side
and the hall has 17m of length.
NARROW PASSAGES LEADING TO THE SECOND LEVEL
The interior of this
single-storey building is dimly lit, typical of the early type of Pyu-influenced temples with their small, perforated stone windows.
In its vertical superstructure and lotus-bud sikhara, however, the
monument is clearly beginning to move forward from the Early period.
TERRACES OF THE SECOND FLOOR
Painting remnants along the interior passages may rate as the
earliest surviving murals in Bagan. There are four smaller temples
surrounding Pahtothamya Temple and inside theses temples are
magnificent artistic Buddha Images.
PANORAMIC SCENES TAKEN FROM THE SECOND
FLOOR OF PAHTOTHAMYA TEMPLE