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Bagan Archaeological Area and Monuments

Date of Submission: 04/10/1996
Category: Cultural
Submitted by:
Department of Archaeology
Coordinates: Mandalay Div. - Myingian Dist. - Nyaung U Town. Lat. 21°10' North Long. 94°52' East
Ref.: 819
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Description

Capital city of the first Myanma Kingdom, the site measures 13 by 8 km and contains more than 2500 Buddhist monuments (temples, stupas, monasteries, etc) built from the 10th to the 14th centuries AD. Several of these monuments are still higly venerated by the population, and attract numerous pilgrims and devotees from all over the country, particularly at festival times. Other are in various states of conservation and maintenance. The large corpus of contemporary stone inscriptions have been the most reliable source for the history of the Kingdom. The mural paintings inside more than 300 temples constitutes a unique corpus of paintings of that time in southeast Asia.