Built in the 12th century by Prince Yazakumar as a memorial to his mother, this large and gently tapering gold pagoda is flanked by two large chinthe ((half-lion/half-dragon deities). Next to the pagoda is a small room containing the Myazedi Stone, an inscribed stone tablet dating back to 1113.

The stone has four different languages inscribed on it: Pali, Mon, Old Burmese and Pyu. Each side contains the same text in a different language, and it was this stone that gave archaeologists the key they needed in order to decipher the previously unknown Pyu language.

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1. Gubyaukgyi

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Just to the left of the road as you enter Myinkaba, Gubyaukgyi (Great Painted Cave Temple) draws visitors to see the well-preserved, richly coloured…

2. Shwesandaw Paya


Bagan’s most famous sunset-viewing spot, Shwesandaw is a graceful white pyramid-style pagoda with steps leading past five terraces to the circular stupa…

3. Mingalazedi Paya


Close to the riverbank, towards Myinkaba from Old Bagan, Mingalazedi Paya (Blessing Stupa) represents the final flowering of Bagan’s architectural…

4. Manuha Paya

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In Myinkaba village stands this active and rather modern-looking pagoda (although it dates from 1059). It is named after Manuha, the Mon king from Thaton…

5. Nan Paya

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Just south of Manuha Paya by dirt road, this shrine is said to have been used as Manuha’s prison, although there is little evidence supporting the legend…

6. Pahtothamya


On the dirt road 500ft east towards the dominating Thatbyinnyu, the Pahtothamya (or Thamya Pahto) was probably built during the reign of Kyanzittha,…

7. Nathlaung Kyaung


Between Pahtothamya and Thatbyinnyu, this stubby building – the only Hindu temple remaining in Bagan – has a fascinating history. Named ‘Shrine Confining…

8. Mimalaung Kyaung

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A nice set of chinthe (half-lion/half-dragon deities) guards the stairway leading up to this small, square monastery platform, constructed in 1174 by…