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Pahtothamya Temple

Type of monument : Type III Temple (Zedi Pauk Gu)
Location : West of Nathlaung Kyaung
Region : Old Bagan
Built by : King Taungthugyi (or) King Sawlu
Date : 11th Century or earlier
Monument Number : 1605
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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
 

 

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