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  Pitaka Taik (Library Hall)

 

Myanmar

Pitaka Taik, i.e. the  ‘Library of (Buddhist manuscripts known as) Pitaka’, in Bagan. The building is square, with each side of the monument measuring 16 meters. It has a central cell and a passage way between the outer walls and the inner hall.

 

There are three entrances with mango stairs (fig.), all in the front. The design follows the basic early Bagan Cave Style architecture, known as gu, with the interior dimly lit by lattice-style perforated stone windows rather than open windows, perfect for the preservation of the light-sensitive, palm-leaf scriptures (fig.).

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  Pitaka Taik (Library Hall)