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Artwork inside Sulamani Pahto (Pagoda) | Bagan (Pagan) | by I Prahin | www.southeastasia-images.com
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Artwork inside Sulamani Pahto (Pagoda) | Bagan (Pagan)

About half a mile east of Dhammayangyi, this broad two-storey temple is one of Bagan’s most attractive, with lush grounds (and ample vendors) behind the surrounding walls. It’s a prime example of later, more sophisticated temple styles, with better internal lighting.

 

Sulamani is also referred to as "Crowning jewel" (in Burmese mani means ruby and sula means small. King Narapatisithu had it built by Sithu II (1174-1211) after during a climbing expedition he saw a ruby sparkling at the current site and decided it was a sign for him to make "a work of merit" there.

 

The interior stucco walls are still in good condition with ornamental and Buddha images still visible on the walls.

 

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Taken on January 21, 2011