An increasing number of local and foreign tourists are visiting the 180-year-old Bargaya Monastery in Inwa, TadaU Township, Kyaukse District, in the new year holidays this year, said locals.
Religious and historical monuments are the top attractions for many domestic and international travellers visiting Mandalay, with travellers usually making a day trip to Amarapura, Inwa, and Sagaing towns.
“An increasing number of visitors are coming here these days to see the floral arabesques, carvings, and ornamentation of ancient architecture,” said a local from Inwa.
“We decided to visit Inwa because there are many places to visit in this ancient capital city,” said a traveller.
Inwa, an ancient imperial capital from the 14th to the 19th century, dates back more than 400 years. According to historical records, 31 Myanmar kings ruled Inwa in succession. The ancient capital was, unfortunately, destroyed by a series of major earthquakes in March, 1839. Visitors to the city can see architecture incorporating traditional Myanmar handicrafts. Among the city’s ancient edifices, the Bargaya monastery, which is made entirely of teak, is particularly popular among visitors. The monastery, measuring 188 feet in length and 103 feet in width, was commissioned by King Bagyidaw (1813-1937 A.D.). It features 267 teak posts, the largest of which measures nine feet in diameter. The monastery was installed with five brick ladders, which were decorated with Myanmar handicrafts and sculptures.
—Than Zaw Min, IPRD (Translated by AMS)