Lacquerware is one of the famous handicrafts made in Bagan.
The workmanship seemed to be fairly sophisticated and at par with those made in Japan and China.
Of course, tourists should take precautions on the lower quality lacquerware sold on the roadside stalls.
One of the larger temples in Bagan constructed in 1181. Sula-mani means small ruby in Burmese, or the ‘crowning jewel’. King Narapatishithu found a ruby at the current site and decided to build a elaborate temple to mark his good fortune.
Sulamani Pahto is 2-storey brick building.
We walked around the exterior compound (spacious), some decorative glaze plaques are still visible.
Before we could tour the interior, our driver come and fetch me to see the ‘cow come home’.
Kingdom of Pagan had built more than 10,000 temples, pagoda and monasteries between 11th to 13th centuries alone.
There were many reasons for the kings or noblemen built religious building. Some were to mark significant event or meaning, some were for blessing, and Dhammayangyi was likely to cover up the sin of killing his own father.
The larger magnitude of one’s guilt, the larger in size a temple might be constructed. King Narathu commissioned the construction of this temple in 1167 but he was assasinated in 1170 before the temple could be completed.
Another large temple constructed in 1218 that stands 150 feet, but then, it just look like Sulamani Pahto.
If you flash a picture of a temple in Bagan, I gradually lost the sense of the name of the temple simply because they are so many temples.
Although we have seen hundreds of Buddha image in the last few days, each of them has unique expression or posture.
Can you see the white umbrellas besides the Buddha? King Nantaungmya built this temple because this was the spot where he was elected from the 5 princes. Heir to the throne was elected (‘god’s will) by the umbrella leaning to which brother.
Old Bagan has many temples within the city wall. Tourists could literally walk from one temple to another.
Viewed from interior of Pahtothamya Temple (name to be confirmed). We also climbed up this unknown stupa to have a panorama view of Old Bagan.
Next to the temple is old of the oldest Pagoda in Bagan, Ngakywenadaung Pagoda. The architecture was labelled as ‘Type I’ from the Sri Keshtra era (10th century).
Close to 90% of Burmese are Buddhists.
We were lucky to witness the Shinbyu ceremony.
The path to becoming a monk (Bhikkhu) or nun starts with being a novice (Samanera) at tender age.
Myinkaba region is between New Bagan and Old Bagan.
Abeyadana Temple was surrounded by a cluster of temples. One could pass by without paying attention because the temple just look like 2,000 other temples in Bagan.
The temple was Type iII temple built in the 11th Century by King Kyanzittha, name after his wife. You could find paintings inside the temple, and stone carving near the temple.