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Shwegugyi Temple

Type of monument : Type III Temple
Location : In front of the Bagan Palace
Region : Old Bagan
Built by : King Alaungsithu
Date : 11th Century
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Shwegugyi means "the Golden Cave" in Myanmar. It is located in front of the royal palace and therefore also known as the "Nandaw Oo Paya" meaning the "Pagoda in front of the palace".
 

It was built by King Alaungsithu in 1140 A.D. There is a legend saying, that there was a huge block of brick about 12 feet high sprouted from the ground in response to the king's greatness of accumulated merit. So with the huge block of brick, formed the plinth in the formation of the temple. It was mentioned that the Shwegugyi was completed in 7 months and 7 days.
 

BUDDHA IMAGE INSIDE THE TEMPLE AND THE ANCIENT WOODEN DOOR
 

Based on chronicles, there was also a saying that King Alaungsithu died at this place. When King Alaungsithu became old and suffered illness, his son removed him from the palace to this temple and left him to suffer. But Alaungsithu became conscious enough to ask where he was, but unfortunately his son came to kill him.
 

THE PASSAGE IN THE TEMPLE AND THE BUDDHA IMAGES

 

It is a two-tired monument. The base form a square cellar forming the main structure. There are four Buddha images seated around the sides of the central block in the cellar. There are two original inscriptions on each side. King Bayinnaung was known to have renovated some of the entrance of the Shwegugyi Temple later in his period.
 

STAIRWAYS TO THE UPPER LEVEL AND SOME SCENE
 

 

 

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