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Pa Khan Gyi
About a hundred kilometers from Monywa and a little more from Mandalay, near the Irrawaddy river is a small town called Pa Khan Gyi.
This locality has one of the most beautiful teakwood monasteries in Burma, the Kyaung Daw Gyi monastery.
Kyaung Daw Gyi Monastery
When we are not used to seeing monasteries entirely built in wood and finely carved, we can only be amazed at the beauty of these buildings. Kyaung Daw Gyi Monastery was the first teakwood shrine we visited in Burma. Many others followed, because the region of Mandalay is full of these typical monasteries.
This Buddhist monastery was founded in the second half of the 19th century and restored in 1992.
The building is supported by 254 large teak pillars. The circumference of these pillars varies from 1.3 meters to 2.3 meters.
Spoken comments in the film:
Between Magway and Mandalay in Myanmar, a magnificent teak wood monastery was built at the end of the 19th century and was completed in 1886. The construction lasted several years and about a hundred carpenters worked there, using traditional methods of the woodworking. Restored in 1996, it is now inscribed on the Uneso World Heritage List.
The structure of the monastery rests on 254 wooden pillars.
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