Sitana Gyi Hpaya (Pagoda) :
Sitana Gyi Hpaya (Hpaya means Pagoda) is situated in the south of New Bagan city. Sitana Gyi Hpaya is one of the most massive and colossal monuments in the Bagan region. The reliquary inside is of the same design as Sri Lankan architecture. According to tradition, Sitana Gyi was built by King Zeyatheinkha.
Despite being a solid stupa, it is comprised of tunnels inside it. These tunnels cannot be seen from the outside of the pagoda. On each side of the terraces, at the base, there are 32 images of elephants.
Inside each encircled pagoda are standing stucco images of Buddha. An intricately designed stucco lotus image can be seen at the reliquary.
There is no stairway to the top of the pagoda. It is also known as Ta-khe-net-gyi pagoda.
This temple was affected by the 2017 earthquake and the top of the pagoda broke off. Earthquakes are common in this area, and are the reason why the vast majority of the 10,000 structures built here all those centuries ago are no longer standing. At the time this photo was taken it has not been restored. Hopefully the Myanmar Government can restore this fabulous pagoda to its former glory again.
There many-many unnamed pagodas and temples in Bagan, there’s still a lot of studying and researching to do there and maybe in the new future more temples and pagodas will be excavated, named, and restored for us all to admire.
Please check the Location Map for the exact location of this temple.
More photos of the Sitana Gyi Hpaya here.
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