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Upali Thein

TIME : 2016/2/17 15:27:00

Just north of the Bagan–Nyaung U Rd, almost midway to Nyaung U, this squat mid-13th-century ordination hall houses some brightly painted frescoes depicting big scenes on the walls and ceilings from the late 17th or early 18th century. Sadly many pieces crumbled in the 1975 earthquake.

The building, named for a well-known monk from the 13th century, is often locked to protect the art, but you can see in (a bit) from the three gated doorways if the ‘keyholder’ isn’t around. The roof battlements imitate Myanmar wooden architecture, and a small centre spire rises from the rooftop.