Win Ga Bar (ဝင်္ကပါ)
‘Maze’ or ‘Labyrinth’. Name of a brick Buddhist temple structure in
located adjacent to and to the west of
Myinmo Taung (fig.).
It dates from the
and consist of a
large brick, two-storied building on a high brick plinth.
are entrances on the south and the west, while there are nine
windows on each side, set in three rows.
It is rather rectangular in
form and has been shaped as a giant
with flower petals all along the outer walls.
there is a maze of passage ways, with small halls and some
well out of sight and narrow
staircases, one at each corner, that have
been incorporated into
the thick brick walls.
In the centre, there is a square room with
three entrances. On the first floor, there are two corridors running
around the central room, with a stairway that lead to the
rooftop, which offers rewarding views of the area,
including of the nearby Lawka Dotha Mahn Aung
Pagoda (fig.) and
The so-called Maze Monastery was built by King Maha Dhamma
Razadhippadi, whose nine wives built
the Nine Queens' Pagodas (fig.),
apparently as a more lasting model of the typical large
built out of
nationwide, habitually during the Full Moon
in the month of Tazaungmone, i.e. November, with at its center a
which visitors had to reach as a challenge in order to pay homage.
Also transliterated Win Ga Ba.
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