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Whilst Shwesandaw has an entry at each of its points of the compass, we prefered access from the westward, from the stream, between the lively cafés, then the living area and then the basis of the rather dozy westerly stairway surrounded by its huge guards. Learn more about Shwesandaw Paya.
Situated about eight kilometers eastwards of Pyay, the extensive archaeological reserve of Thayekhittaya is half a full half days or so away..... Learn more about Thayekhittaya (Sri Ksetra). Akaauk Taung Cliff carving, about two hrs by motorcycle from Pyay, it is definitely a worthwhile undertaking the trouble to get to for those who are back to the brassy nails, it is just a set of woodcarvings in a rock face, it is actually much more of a long drive through a very appealing countryside, a small town and a boating tour.
More about Akauk Taung Carving and settle in New Bagan. Please have a look at past editions.
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It is the old capitol of Pyu, Sri Kshetra (or Tha-ye-khit-taya), about 5 kilometers south-east of Pyay and about 177 kilometers northeast of Yangon. The old town contains some of Myanmar's oldest Pagoda, the Baw Baw Gyi Pagoda, the Payagyi and the Payama (sometimes also called Phaya Mar) stupas. Known in Pyay as one of Myanmar's most revered monuments, the Shwesandaw Pagoda is situated on a small mound on the east shore of the Ayeyarwady River.
It has five patios with a cylinder shaped stumpa on top, which then carries a decorative shade, also known as ii. There are also 64 smaller ones around the central part. Shoresandaw means "Golden Hair Relic" and is said to contain some of Buddha's hair. There is also a replica of the Buddha of Kandy, Sri Lanka, in the south part of the deck.
Each year during the Dazaungmone period in the Myanmar Calender ( "November-December") the dental replica is taken out of its room in the sideboard. Eastwards of the Shwesandaw Puagoda is the Hse-htat-gyi (often referred to as Sehtatgyi) Paya, or Puagoda. The word Shetatgyi means "Big Ten Storey" and refers to the solid elevation of the sitting Buddha-character.
Out of the town walls, just to the museum's southern side, are the Gyi Paya and Paya Bebe. Cylindrically, Gyi Paya is just over 45 metres high and is made of bricks and gypsum. Bebe Paya is one of the many cube-shaped peagodas in the area, one of which was probably used by a migrant.
Although the Payama (Phayamar) is similar in appearance to another Payagyi style it has the characteristic of being one of the oldest Stupa in all of Myanmar. It has a gold parasol (hti) that sits on its high red brickwork canopy. Payama is located along the street to Paungtal, outside the old Therakhittra.
The Akauk Taung Mountains are located in the Bago Division, just off Pyay, on the bank of the Ayeyarwady rivier. Although the "mountain" is more like a mound, its face along the stream contains a wide range of different Buddha image types and shapes, 30-50 ft aboveseas.
There' s a small trail along the hill leading to Akauk Taung Pagoda, which lies on the top of the hill. Akauk Taung can be reached in about 15 min. by boot from Pyay. The Shwe Myatman Stateupa is located about 14 km in Shwe Daung, just south of Pyay. Myatman's significance is the "stupa with golden glasses".
The name is related to the Buddha picture in the Stupa, which is wearing glasses with a golden rim. Glasses were added to the picture at the time of the Konbaung. It is said that this particular picture of the Buddha can treat diseases of the eyes. The name Shwe Nat Taung comes from the Sri Ksetra period and means "Golden Spirit Mountain", which points to an old myth from the year 283 BC.
Myanmar legends tell the story of the building of the marsh by a long rule of Myanmar's monarchs with the help of the native nat. Every year the full-lunar feast of Tabaung in the Myanmar calendars takes place in the march/feast. The Shwe Bonthar Muni Pagode is also located near Pyay, in Pan Daung.
According to the legends around this picture, the Buddha picture in this picture is only one of three reproductions of the Maha Myat Muni Buddha picture, which was made around 554 BC during the rule of King Sandar Thuriya. Maha Myat Muni Buddha is considered to be one of the only five pictures of the Buddha that were taken during his time.
The Sri Kshetra Museum is located in the town of Hmawza in Pyay.