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Shwegu Gyi Phaya

Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Buddhist Temple

The Shwegugyi temple and the nearby ruins of the former royal palace form an interesting juxtaposition of Bagan sites. According to a contemporary Pali inscription on stone slabs in the building the temple was built in 7 1/2 months in 1131 AD under orders from King Sithu I. The temple is reflective of a slow change in architectural style to a lighter, airier and more decorated form with a stress on the vertical and reminds one of the transitions between the Romanesque and Gothic styles in Europe

Location of Shwegu Gyi Phaya