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Balloon and Htilominlo Temple.


This image is published as the cover of both the book on tourism by Arild Molstad and the January 2007 issue of a Norwegian travel magazine, Vagabond.


The Htilominlo Pahto was built by King Nandaungmyar (Htilominlo) (A.D 1211-1230). The 50 metres high Htilominlo is one of the largest temples of Bagan and is noted for its fine plaster carvings. There are remains of fine murals on the interior walls. The Htilominlo is a large three story red brick (with some stone) temple on a low platform. Originally covered in carved white stucco, some of its exquisite finely detailed plaster still remains. Its square base measures 140 feet on each side There are receding square terraces with stupas or spires at each corner on the second and third levels.. Each terrace was originally decorated with terracotta plaques on the terrace crenulations; some are still in place. The main shrine entrance hall is extended on the eastern side of the structure. Buddhas face the four cardinal points on the each of the two shrine stories, however, entrance to the upper levels is no longer permitted to the general public.


The image is available in 6000+ pixels on the long side, if anyone is interested to purchase it.

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Taken on May 20, 2006