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Pitaka-Taik and Thettawra

Pitaka Taik

Pitaka Taik
Pitaka Taik (front view)

The Pitaka-taik, north of the Htupayon and south of the Shin-kait wall was built as a depository for the Buddhist scriptures, which Kin Meng Phalaung, a famous Rakhine King in Mrauk U, received from Sri Lanka at the end of the 16th century. Like other libraries in Laos and Northern Thailand, it is square in plan with an entrance passage to the east. The main body of the structure widens in a curved line towards the top, so that the upper part is wider and broader than the foundations. Built entirely of stone, the outer walls are decorated with ornate floral and geometric designs carved to a depth of about fifteen centimeters and with leaf-shaped glazed terracotta tablets coloured red, green, blue, yellow and white let into the stone.

Thettawra

Thettawra
Thettawra (eastern face)

Similarly in conception, but less ornate than the Pataka-Taik is the Thettawra, also thought to have been built in the 16th century by Meng Khaung Raza.


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