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Pitaka Taik

Type of monument : Library / Cave Style
Location : North of Thabyinnyu
Region : Old Bagan
Built by : King Anawrahta
Date : A.D 1057
Monument Number : 1587

Pitaka Taik means the "library of Buddhist scriptures". After the conquest of Thaton, King Anawrahta carted off 30 elephant-loads of Buddhist scriptures. The he built this library to house them in 1058. The design follows the basic Early Bagan Cave Style known as "Gu", perfect for the preservation of light-sensitive, palm-leaf scriptures.

This is the only Library of ancient times, seen today. Each side of the monument measures (51) feet. There are three entrances in the front way and three windows on each side. The windows are decorated with carvings of lion images. There is a passage way between the walls and the inner hall.

It was repaired in 1738 by King Bodawpaya of the Kongbaung Dynasty. The architecture of the square building is notable for the perforated stone windows and the plaster carvings on the roof in limitation of Myanmar architectural woodcarvings.

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