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Bagaya Monastery, Mandalay

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Visit the cultural heritage of Myanmar, Bagaya Monastery. Made entirely of teak wood, the monastery, which dates back to 1834, is set among the rice fields and brings out the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The 267 pillars make up the building's architecture, accompanied by carvings on the walls, which showcase the typical ancient, ornamental art. Unlike many others, the monastery still serves as an advice school for young monks, so you can see them learning and reading in their everyday surroundings while you experience the peaceful atmosphere inside. Arrange to visit Bagaya Monastery and other attractions in Mandalay using our Mandalay road trip planning app.
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  • Bagaya Monastery was built by King Bagyidaw in 1834. It was donated to Vermae venerable monk by King Bagyidaw. They dig about 9 feet in the ground and put sand as first layer and stone slab as second....  more
    Bagaya Monastery was built by King Bagyidaw in 1834. It was donated to Vermae venerable monk by King Bagyidaw. They dig about 9 feet in the ground and put sand as first layer and stone slab as second....  more »
  • We visited here recently as part of our tour. Beautiful old building, built in 1782. Amazing to think they could build these type of structures out of teak so long ago. 
    We visited here recently as part of our tour. Beautiful old building, built in 1782. Amazing to think they could build these type of structures out of teak so long ago.  more »
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  • Bagaya Monastery is a quiet and serene place that is best seen in the afternoon when you can almost have the place for yourself. The teak building with its deep red colors also has elements made of stone. The heaviness of the stone contrasts with the beauty of the wood and the delicate nature of the temple's wood carvings. Some parts of the building are gilded. Others have lost their gold color. The combination of various elements and colors give the building an aura of faded glory. Make sure to go around the building for perspectives of the ensemble that you would miss otherwise.
  • The Bagaya Monastery, located in Inwa, Mandalay Region, Burma. This magnificent monastery is also known as Maha Waiyan Bontha Bagaya Monastery. The Bagaya Monastery (Bagaya Kyaung) was built in 1834 during the reign of King Bagyidaw. But it’s actually the second attempt–the original, which dated back to 1593, burned down in 1821. Amarapura, just south of Mandalay City, was the royal capital of Burma during periods in the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s now no more than a township and has long been subsumed as part of Mandalay City. But it’s still quite rural, with what were once opulent stone pagodas and palaces destroyed by earthquakes and now overgrown. The pagoda is made entirely of teak, a timber long prized in shipbuilding and boatbuilding. It’s held up by 267 massive posts of teak, the largest of which is 60 feet high and 9 feet in circumference. The floors and walls are also made of teak. Making this today would be prohibitively expensive even if you could still find solid teak trunks like this anymore.

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