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Bagaya Monastery: The Teak Wonder

Bagaya Monastery: The Teak Wonder

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The Bagaya Monastery is located in the Inwa region of Mandalay, Burma. Located exactly to the southwest of the Inwa Palace, this absolute splendid piece of craft was built during the reign of King Hsinbyushin from 1763-1776. Also known as the Maha Waiyan Bontha Bagaya Monastery, the Bagaya Monastery serves as the one of the main tourist attractions in Myanmar. Maha Thiri Zeya Thinkhaya who was the town officer of Magwe built it during King Hsinbyushin’s reign in the monastic establishment and had dedicated the same to Shin Dhammabhinanda.

It is built totally out of teak and comprises the 7 tiered spire with the Bhawga hall as well as the Dhanu hall. The monastery was first built in the year 1593. However, later in the early nineteenth century many of the buildings were ravaged by fire. The attempts at resurrection made by the Government during the twentieth century meant that a new brick building was built in place of the old monastic establishment. One of the most interesting features of this monastery is that it is placed right in the middle of the wide paddy fields with a lovely fusion of thorny green bushes and banana trees rendering a perfectly shady base to the entire structure. The floral arabesques, carvings and ornamentation are reflective of the Burmese style of architecture or artwork.

There were 267 gigantic teak wood posts employed for creating this monastery and today it stands at a mammoth 103 feet (in width) and 188 feet (in length).

 

The Bagaya Monastery is located in the Inwa region of Mandalay, Burma. Located exactly to the southwest of the Inwa Palace, this absolute splendid piece of craft was built during the reign of King Hsinbyushin from 1763-1776. Also known as the Maha Waiyan Bontha Bagaya Monastery, the Bagaya Monastery serves as the one of the main tourist attractions in Myanmar. Maha Thiri Zeya Thinkhaya who was the town officer of Magwe built it during King Hsinbyushin’s reign in the monastic establishment and had dedicated the same to Shin Dhammabhinanda.

It is built totally out of teak and comprises the 7 tiered spire with the Bhawga hall as well as the Dhanu hall. The monastery was first built in the year 1593. However, later in the early nineteenth century many of the buildings were ravaged by fire. The attempts at resurrection made by the Government during the twentieth century meant that a new brick building was built in place of the old monastic establishment. One of the most interesting features of this monastery is that it is placed right in the middle of the wide paddy fields with a lovely fusion of thorny green bushes and banana trees rendering a perfectly shady base to the entire structure. The floral arabesques, carvings and ornamentation are reflective of the Burmese style of architecture or artwork.

There were 267 gigantic teak wood posts employed for creating this monastery and today it stands at a mammoth 103 feet (in width) and 188 feet (in length).

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