Bupaya Pagoda

Bupaya Pagoda

Type
Pagoda
Location
Old Bagan
Built
10th - 11th century
Monument No.
1657

Architecture

Bupaya, which consists of “bu” meaning “gourd", and “paya”, meaning “pagoda, literally translates to “pagoda in a gourd shape”. It stands on the bank of the Ayeyawady River. Built above rows of crenellated terraces, the small pagoda is a conspicuous landmark to navigators. The dome resembles that of the Nga Kywe Nadaung Pagoda assuming the form of a cylindrical relic casket. Above it stands a bold convex band upon which rises a tapering stupa finial.

History

Tradition attributes the pagoda to King Pyusawhti, who ruled Bagan in the 3rd century A.D. However, stylistically, it has been ascribed to about 10th century.

WITHIN THE PAGODA GROUND

There is a shrine dedicated to the "God of storms" (Mondating Nat) within its precinct.
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