Kyaukgu Umin(154/ 123)
Kyauk Gu U Min is situated about two miles east of Nyaung U town. It is one of the four monuments in Bagan, built of stone brick.
On the upper reaches of the wall are stone sculptures of ogres clutching floral garlands, below are triangle shaped floral designs, at the base of the arched entrance are figures of Gonban, Keinnara and Keinnari between the lotus flowers, lion, tiger, deer, hare, and deva god. The main pillars of the devotional hall have floral designs around at the base.
Kyauk Gu U Min was built into the river bank of sand stone. In the lower section were skillfully laid stone bricks and the two stories above were built of earth bricks. A maze of about 500 feet long was dug into the sand stone wall, with many twists and turns, tunnels and cellars for meditation.
Kyauk Gu U Min faces north around the inside of the front main hall are niches in which eight important events of the Buddha’s life are sculpted. The large Buddha image in the main hall was hewn out of sand stone. On either side of it are relief figures of the Buddha’s two disciples. On the ceiling are two Arahats in relief, each on either side of the Buddha image.
Stone curving of Kyaukgu U Min
Kyaukgu Umin (Google Map)
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