Mandalay, Bagaya, wooden monastery • Myanmar

Unveil the beauty of Bagaya Monastery: a wooden masterpiece brimming with history and spirituality in Myanmar! Immerse yourself in the captivating allure of this teakwood monastery, a testament to audacious reconstruction after the 1821 fire. Witness its unwavering resilience against the elements. Through a captivating video of under 4 minutes, explore the modestly adorned interior of Bagaya and be entranced by the tranquil atmosphere that pervades it. Absorb the serenity of this still-active place of worship, now a cherished visitor attraction. Marvel at the teakwood architecture, a precious and durable material once used in shipbuilding. Embark on a spiritual journey spanning centuries and uncover the soul of Bagaya Monastery. Don't miss this unique experience—watch the video now!

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Burma, renamed Myanmar, is a very pious Buddhist country and there are many monasteries there. In the Mandalay region, there are many built in teak wood.

Bagaya Monastery

The Bagaya Monastery was founded in the second half of the 16th century. But what we can admire today dates from the beginning of the 19th century. If wood offers undeniable advantages in the event of earthquakes, it remains very fragile in the event of fire. The original monastery burned down in a big fire in 1821.

It was therefore decided to rebuild it, and it was done in 1834.

This monastery is entirely made of teak, a performance that would be difficult to achieve nowadays, if only because of deforestation, it becomes very uncertain to find trunks of the size necessary for this construction.

Teak is an extremely resistant wood which was used extensively in shipbuilding.

The monastery is located in Amarapura, on the outskirts of present-day Mandalay. But at the time of its construction, Amarapura was the capital. Many wooden monuments have in the meantime been dismantled in Amarapura and rebuilt in Mandalay. This is not the case with the Bagaya monastery.

The monastery is still in operation, although it has become one of the favorite attractions for tourists. However, very few monks live there today.

Compared to other monasteries or wooden palaces that moved to Mandalay, such as the Shwenandaw, the interior of Bagaya is quite soberly decorated.

In 1990, the government decided to strengthen the structure of the monastery by adding a stone structure, including among other things an access staircase.

about the place, Mandalay:

Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, Mandalay is Myanmar's second city after Yangon (Rangoon). Founded in 1857 by King Mindon, Mandalay became the capital of the Konbaung dynasty in place of Amarapura.

It was also the last royal capital of Burma before annexation by the British in 1885. However, it remained a leading commercial and cultural center during the British era.

The city was devastated during the conquest of Burma by Japan in World War II and it became part of the newly independent Union of Burma in 1948.

 

Spoken comments in the film: 

Bagaya is one of many wooden monasteries which is located in Inwa near Mandalay in Myanmar. This monastery is also known as Maha Waiyan Bontha Bagaya Monastery. This monastery is bigger and older than Pa Khan Gyi. It was built during the reign of Hsinbyushin  between 1763 and 1776.

 

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Bagaya wooden monastery near Mandalay in Myanmar, Mandalay • Myanmar
the entrance to the Buddhist monastery, Mandalay • Myanmar

the entrance to the Buddhist monastery

Buddha statue enthroned in the middle of the monastery, Mandalay • Myanmar

Buddha statue enthroned in the middle of the monastery

monk leaving the monastery, Mandalay • Myanmar

monk leaving the monastery

teak columns inside the monastery, Mandalay • Myanmar

teak columns inside the monastery

Bagaya, Myanmar

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