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Myazedi Phaya (မြစေတီဘုရား)

Burmese. Emerald Stupa Pagoda. Name of a Buddhist temple in Bagan, located to the North of Myinkaba Village and adjacent to Gu Byauk Gyi Zedi Myinkaba (fig.). It was built in the 12th century AD by Prince Yaza Kumar (Rajakumar), son of King Kyansittha (fig.), in the memory of his Queen Mother after her death. In order to build and take care of the pagoda, he donated all his mother's jewellery, four villages, and all his slaves to this temple. The complex has a bell-shaped gilded zedi, as well as a small cage-like pavilion that houses the Gu Byauk Gyi Inscription, also known as the Yaza Kumar Stone Inscription, that is to say, one of the two identical contemporary pillars originally found at the above locations, whilst the other one is on display at the Bagan Archaeological Museum (fig.). See MAP.