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Nanphaya Temple


Beside the Manuha Temple is the charming brick-and-mud mortar Nanphaya Temple. This was King Manuha' residence, and later became a temple. Inside, the central plinth is empty, but on the four central pillars are beautiful stone carvings of Brahma, the Mon patron saint. The Mon people had originally been Hindu, hence the Rama goose was the emblem of the Mon Kingdom. At certain times of the day of light comes through the perforated windows, illuminating sections of the carving (but take a flashlight along). The outer walls are crenellated, and some of the sandstone friezes remain intact. A modern concrete path surrounds the temple; make sure not to leave it, as the rough ground harbours some pricky briars.