Pitaka Taik

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Pitaka Taik finds its meaning in the "library of Buddhist Scriptures". The library was created after a conquest of Thaton, Anawratha seized 30 elephant-loads of Buddhist scripture. He then built a library in 1058 to house these documents. He used a style known as "Gu" which is an early Bagan Cave Style. The material was light-sensitive so the building had limited windows decorated with lion's imaged on each side. There are three windows on each side. There are three doors which are all on one side (front). The library is a square with each side measuring 51' (feet) long.

It was restored in 1738 by King Bodawpaya of the Kongbaung Dynast. The architecture of this library is notable because of the square shape, perforated stone windows and the plaster carvings that are on the roof. These are all examples of Myanmar architecture.