The monastery is about eleven miles south of Mandalay city. The religious lecture hall in the eastern side of the monastery has a seven-tiered roof. The monastery was built on 267 teak posts. The monastery is (118) feet long and (103) feet wide. The entire monastery is decorated with carvings. floral arabesques, ornamentation of curved figurines and reliefs of birds and animals. Small pillars along the walls are decorated with finials, the artistic works of Inwa Era. Large teak door frames are designed with sculptures and reliefs. The monastery exists today in its original form despite fires and earthquakes.

 

 

Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa) The capital of the kingdom was
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa) The capital of the kingdom was once located here until 1841; today there is not much to see other than a couple of scattered monasteries, stupas and ruins of the king's palace
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa) Many tourists arrive by small ferry
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa) Many tourists arrive by small ferry boats
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa) Ferry boat
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa) Ferry boat
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa) is a few miles south
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa) is a few miles south of Mandalay city; a new bridge spans the Ayeryarwady River which is seen from the Ava ferry ride
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa) is a few miles south
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa) is a few miles south of Mandalay city; most of the tourist exploring is done by horse carts
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa) is a few miles south
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa) is a few miles south of Mandalay city; most of the tourist exploring is done by horse carts; lots of tourists means lots of horse carts
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); most of the tourist exploring
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); most of the tourist exploring is done by horse carts; lots of tourists means lots of horse carts; aside from walking they are the only way to reach the remaining monasteries
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the road is quite muddy in
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the road is quite muddy in places
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the road is quite muddy in
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the road is quite muddy in places
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the carts are old and rickety
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the carts are old and rickety but serviceable; each seats 4 uncomfortably
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the carts are old, slow, steady
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the carts are old, slow, steady and jerky
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); old city walls are now ruins
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); old city walls are now ruins
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); rice fields along the way to
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); rice fields along the way to the monastery
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); rice fields along the way to
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); rice fields along the way to the monastery
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); rice fields and a stupa along
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); rice fields and a stupa along the way to the monastery
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery is made
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery is made of teak with corrugated metal roofing; built in 1834
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery is made
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery is made of teak with corrugated metal roofing; built in 1834
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery interior detail
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery interior detail
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery; ornately carved door
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery; ornately carved door frame
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery; ornately carved door
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery; ornately carved door lintel details are symbolic
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery has many
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery has many carved details with animal and plant figures
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery floor plan
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery floor plan
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery was built on
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery was built on hundreds of teak posts; today the floor boards are very worn
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery has nearby
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); the Bagaya Kyaung monastery has nearby stupas
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); local villagers' house
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); local villagers' house
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); a small lake along the way
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); a small lake along the way
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); another stupa along the way isolated
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); another stupa along the way isolated in the wilderness
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); along the way we passed the
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); along the way we passed the Inwa Archeological Museum
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); local villagers' house
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); local villagers' house
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); one of many isolated stupas
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); one of many isolated stupas
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); another one of many isolated stupas
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); another one of many isolated stupas
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); village store; photo taken from a
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); village store; photo taken from a shaky horse cart
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); ancient city wall; photo taken from
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); ancient city wall; photo taken from a shaky horse cart
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); Buddhist shrine; photo taken from a
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); Buddhist shrine; photo taken from a jolting horse cart
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); part of the same Buddhist shrine;
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); part of the same Buddhist shrine; photo taken from a rickety horse cart
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); ancient city wall tower
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); ancient city wall tower
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); remnant of king's palace complex
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); remnant of king's palace complex
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); political campaign posters; during our visit national
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); political campaign posters; during our visit national elections were held-- the first in fifty years; the democracy party won
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); village house and yard
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); village house and yard
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); cute puppies but feral dogs are
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); cute puppies but feral dogs are everywhere
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); local souvenirs
Burma, Mandalay: Ava (or Inwa); local souvenirs