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Gu Byauk Gyi Zedi Myinkaba (ဂူပြောက်ကြီးစေတီမြင်းကပါ)

Burmese. Myinkaba Great Cave’. Name of a Buddhist temple in Bagan, located to the North of Myinkaba Village, adjacent to Myazedi Phaya (fig.). It was built in 1113 AD by Prince Yaza Kumar, i.e. Rajakumar, in honour of his father King Kyansittha (fig.), upon the latter's death. The gu-style temple has well-preserved murals, which are believed to date from the time of the construction of the temple and are hence among the oldest remaining in Bagan. The temple is typical of the Mon-style in that the interior is dimly lit by lattice-style perforated walls rather than open windows. The main building houses a brick Buddha image seated in the bhumisparsa pose. There is another temple of the same name located to the Southeast of Wetkyi-in Village, which ‒to distinguish between these two temples of the same name‒ is usually referred to as Gu Byauk Gyi Zedi Wetkyi-in (fig.). See also TRAVEL PICTURES (1) and (2), and MAP.