Shwegugyi Temple

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Shwegugyi Temple

Shwegugyi Temple (Burmese: ရွှေဂူကြီးဘုရား, pronounced [ʃwèɡùdʑí pʰəjá]; literally "Great Golden Cave") is a Buddhist temple in Bagan, an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, the first kingdom that unified the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar.

The temple was built during the reign of King Alaungsithu in 1131.[1]:166 The temple itself is built on an expansive brick foundation 3 metres (13 ft) tall. The temple is known for its arched windows, and its history, which is inscribed in two stone slabs in Pali. According to its inscription, the temple was completed in seven months.


  1. ^ Coedès, George (1968). Walter F. Vella (ed.). The Indianized States of Southeast Asia. trans.Susan Brown Cowing. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-0368-1.
  • Pictorial Guide to Pagan. Rangoon: Ministry of Culture. 1975 [1955].