Gubyaukgyi temple, Bagan
Gubyaukgyi Temple (Wetkyi-in)Close to Wetkyi-in village, this 13th-century 'cave temple' has an Indian-style spire like the Mahabodhi Pagoda in Bagan. It is interesting for the fine frescoes of scenes from the jatakas.
There is another temple of the same name in Myinkaba, and to distinguish between theses two, this monument is sometimes called 'Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi'.
This temple was built in 1113 by Kyanzittha's son Rajakumar, on his father's death. Prince Rajakumar was the son of King Kyanzittha and the niece of a monk. Kyanzittha met the woman while he was a refugee before his time. Rajakumar was the rightful heir to the throne of Bagan. But Kyanzittha had designated his grandson, Alaungsithu, as heir, and Rajakumar relinquished his right.
The temple is in an Indian style, the monument consists of a large shrine room attached to a smaller antechamber. The fine stuccowork on its exterior walls is in particularly good condition.
Located in Mynkaba, this 13th century temple with an Indian style spire, contains some of the best preserved frescoes in Bagan. These are though to dated from 1113 (construction date). All the walls and ceilings are decorated with paintings representing the Jataka tales (again a torch is needed to see the paintings).
The first temple we visited by horse cart on our second day to Bagan was Gubyaukgyi, built in early 12th century in an Indian style. The temple lies on the left of Myinkaba village just south of Old Bagan . The monument consists of a large shrine room attached to a smaller antechamber. The temple is typical of the Mon style in that the interior is dimly lit by perforated rather than open windows The fine stuccowork on its exterior walls is in particularly good condition (see additional pic)
BUT what accounts for this temple is the best preserved paintings inside, which are thought to date from the original construction of the temple and to be the oldest remaining in Bagan. The temple was open to public visit. Remember if you visit on your own that a torch is a necessity to explore the paintings under low light conditions. Bare in mind that photography was not allowed inside. Even if flash would have been allowed, the dimly lit interior is not suitable for making any
A nice temple at Myinkaba village with fine stuccowork at the exterior. Again it was closed when i was there. It is claimed to have nice ceiling painting.
To visit this temple, one must go to the Anawrahta Road. It is located on the right hand side in the direction of old bagan. Has an indian style roof spire, with wall painting inside the temple.