Upali Thein Ordination Hall, Bagan

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    Upali Thein Ordination Hall.

    by planxty Written Jun 1, 2006

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    Upali Thein ordination Hall, Bagan, Myanmar.

    In the way of these things, you mught also find this place referred to as Upalithein. The name refers to a monk, and the building dates from the mid 13th century. Actually it is not a temple as such but an ordination hall for monks. It was also used for monks to make confession. I must admit I thought confession was only a Christian idea.

    When I visited, I was shown round by a wonderful old gentleman who was cleaning the place and spoke a degree of English.

    Althuugh not a particularly large building, it is home to some wonderful wall paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Unfortunately, there was a some destruction caused by an earthquake in 1975, and the place now has a rather unsightly but obviously necessary metal framework inside (donated by UNESCO) to stop further collapse. The roof of the building, although rendered in stone, is meant to represent a Burmese wooden roof style.

    Due to the delicacy of the frescoes, no photography is alloed inside the building.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel
    • Architecture

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    by SINtraveller Written Dec 30, 2005

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    An ordination hall along the Bagan-Nyaung U road. Although i never went in, it was claimed to contain beautiful paintings on the wall.

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