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Photo: Narathihapatae Temple

Narathihapatae Temple :

Like many other temples at Bagan, the interior walls of Narathihapatae Temple (formerly Tayok Pye) are covered with ancient murals. Bagan is a unique cultural heritage site in terms of the concentration, number and quality of its ancient murals, which are between 400 and 900 years old. Although some have been lost, a great number have survived. Because there has been damage due to previous faulty renovation, better and more systematic conservation and restoration work is urgently needed.

To develop a scientific, long term and non damaging method for conserving the murals, samples were taken in 2017. The original materials and techniques were analysed, and different cleaning and conservation methods were tested on the samples and the results evaluated. In 2018, the conservation methods developed through these tests are being reconfirmed and further developed on site in Bagan, and sample areas are being prepared for the conservation and restoration effort. A key aim of the project is to provide basic and further training to the Myanmar staff in Bagan.

The Federal Foreign Office’s on site conservation and training programmes in Bagan promote scientific cooperation with Myanmar. By providing basic and further training to the Myanmar conservation team, the transfer of know how and sustainability is ensured.

The Minnanthu Temples Complex :

The Minnanthu Temples Complex north of the Minnanthu village, Bagan – Myanmar has many beautiful but unnamed temples and pagodas. In country of more than 2350 temples and pagodas there’s still a lot to be researched and named, many in Minnanthu area are still in the form of ruins. Myanmar has had 50 kings and each of them and their families builds temples and pagodas for their ceremonial needs and believes, hence the huge amount of temples and pagodas there. Minnanthu, to the east of Bagan, is an agricultural village which specializes in the production of sesame and peanut oil. The well known temples around Minnanthu Village is Lemyethna, Sapwetin Pagoda, Thambula Temple, Sulamani Temple, Narathihapathae Hpaya, Winido Temple, Pyathetgyi Pagoda, Paya Thone Zu, Iza Gawna Pagoda, Nr. 684, etc.

Bagan :

Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, the first kingdom that unified the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2,200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.

The Bagan Archaeological Zone is a main attraction for the country’s nascent tourism industry. It is seen by many as equal in attraction to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Bagan is the present-day standard Burmese pronunciation of the Burmese word Pugan, derived from Old Burmese Pukam. Its classical Pali name is Arimaddanapura. Its other names in Pali are in reference to its extreme dry zone climate: Tattadesa, and Tampadīpa. The Burmese chronicles also report other classical names of Thiri Pyissaya and Tampawaddy.

Please check the Location Map for the exact location of this temple.

More photos of temples in the Minnanthu area here.

Our group trip photos in Instagram.

Have Plans To Visit Bagan ?

Mr. Naing can be contacted on this number +95 9 40252 9824 (Call, SMS, Whatsapp) to book your private or group trip in Bagan or other regions of Myanmar.

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