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  Kyaung Lain Monastery

 

Myanmar

 

 

Kyaung Lain is an ancient monastery in Inwa and consists of a large brick building. It is located adjacent to and to the east of Myinmo Taung (fig.).

 

  Kyaung Lain Monastery

 

It is rather rectangular in shape, with indentations that house some mandapa-like porches centered on the sides, thus dividing each of the four facades into cube-like blocks with niche-like windows in each side of the outer walls. A flight of steep stairs on the northern side leads right up to the central core. The vaulted roof has over time collapsed in many places. Kyaung Lain means ‘Spiral [Staircase] Monastery’, yet can literally be translated as Lying Cat, Twisted Cat or ‘Curling Cat. The monastery was built by King Taninganway of the Toungoo Dynasty, who reigned between 1714 and 1733 AD.
 

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