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Nov
2021

Kyanzittha Umin

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A cave temple in a plot just southwest of the Shwezigon Pagoda, Kyanzittha Umin was  originally part of a small mon- astery. The cave’s exterior was  encased in a brick facade, while inside it was excavated to create corridors whose walls and ceilings were decorated with murals, many of which survive intact. Although named after King Kyanzittha (1030–1112),  the site was probably devel- oped during the reign of his  father, King Anawrahta (1015–  78). A flashlight is recom- mended for a visit as the cave  has no interior lighting.

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