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Gubyaukgyi Temple

Gubyaukgyi temple is a Buddhist temple located in Myinkaba Village, south of Bagan. The temple was built in 1113 by Prince Yazakumar, shortly after the death of his father, King Kyansittha of the Pagan Kingdom. The temple is in typical Mon style. Gubyaukgyi is a cave temple; the first syllable of the temple’s name (“gu”) translates to “cave”. The interior walls and ceilings are decorated with fragments of ancient mural paintings that depict scenes from the Jataka tales, the stories that tell about the previous lives of the Buddha. All of the frescoes are accompanied by ink captions written in Old Mon, providing one of the earliest examples of the language's use in Myanmar.

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