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  Maha Aungmye Bonzan

 

Myanmar

Me Nu Oak-Kyaung, which in English is usually referred to as Maha Aungmye Bonzan or Bon San Monastery, i.e. a brick monastery along the Irrawaddy River (fig.) in Inwa (fig.).

 

It was built in 1822 AD by Nan Madaw Me Nu, a Queen of the Konbaung Dynasty. The building was damaged in an earthquake in 1838, yet was repaired in 1873 by Sinphyumashin, the daughter of Queen Me Nu and herself a Queen of King Mindon Min (fig.). Buddhist monasteries were usually built from wood and therefore got easily destroyed by fire.

 

  Maha Aungmye Bonzan

 

  Maha Aungmye Bonzan

 

This masonry structure, however, was planned for a longer life with an architecture that only simulates the design of wooden monasteries.

See also THAILAND'S NEIGHBOURS & BEYOND.

2151'30.2"N 9559'04.1"E