Myazedi pagoda, the large 12th century gilded stupa, is located in Myinkaba village, between Myinkaba and Bagan. Myazedi means “jade pagoda” in Myanmar and it was built by Prince Raja Kumar, son of King Kyansitthar, to make merit and to serve as a memorial to his mother.
Myazedi Pagoda has no admission fee; it opens daily and does not have fixed opening or closing time, however, the visitors should isit at any time but in day time as it is quite dark after sunset. Coming to the pagoda, the tourists in their Bagan Tours are required to wear long trousers and walk on barefoot inside this place.
Is a structure consists of a gold gilded stupa on top of a whitewashed building with pillars at four sides. The four-sided pillar in a cage between the two monuments, its great linguistic and historical significance. From this pagoda, there are two identical pillars found to have the same inscriptions on each face. Until present, one of them is in the Bagan Museum which was discovered by German Pali scholar Dr. Emil Forchammar in 1886-1887; and the other one is under some shelter close to the pagoda.
There is a small building next to the pagoda contains the famous Myazedi inscription, the oldest stone inscription in Burma, described about the Buddhism in Bagan period and also about the feelings of a prince towards his king father. Besides, the Myazedi inscriptions sometimes are called as Rajakumar Inscription. The Myazedi inscription holds important historical and linguistic which means as it is related to Pagan’s Kings and proves Pyu’s cultural significance towards the ancient Pagan Kingdom.
The inscription was written in four languages as Old Burmese, Pali, Mon and Pyu which told the story and feelings of Prince Yazakumar towards his father, King Kyansittha, as well as the choice to the throne. In summary, the primary importance of the Myazedi inscription is that the inscriptions allowed for the deciphering of the written Pyu language. The Pyu inscription also shows the influence of the Pyu, the earliest inhabitants of upper Burma, in early Bagan history.
Visiting around Myazedi Pagoda, the travelers can see and gaze with Gubyaukgyi Myinkaba Temple, an Indian designed destination, consists of a large shrine room attached to a smaller antechamber. The fine stuccowork on its exterior walls is in particularly good condition.
The pagoda is situated to the north of Myinkaba village and to the south of Old Bagan, therefore, the travelers can take a taxi to go to Myazedi pagoda.
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