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Sapada Pagoda

Type of monument : Type IV Temple (Sinhalese dagaba)
Location : Near the entrance to Nyaung U
Region : Nyaung U & Wetkyi-In
Built by : Monk Sapada
Date : A.D 1199
Monument Number : 187

Sited close to the road as one approach Nyaung U from Kyauk Padaung or the airport, this late period pagoda from the 12th century was built by a monk named Sapada, who originally came from Pathein but became a monk in Sri Lanka.

His stupa is Sinhalese in style, with a square relic chamber above the bell. Sapada was one of the monks who were later sent to Sri Lanka in the 12th century. He returned back to Bagan in 1190 after spending 10 years in Sri Lanka. Although there was a lot of mixtures from the Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism, Sapada's interpretation was accepted by the King Narapatisithu and embraced by the people of Bagan.









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