More than 2,000 Buddhist monuments still stand on the archaeological site of Pagan, capital of Myanmar from 1044 until the Mongol invasion in 1287. This major eight-volume work by Pierre Richard is the first complete inventory of the treasures to be found at this exceptional site.
Pages are dedicated to each monument which comprises line drawings, photographs and descriptive text.
Volume VI: Monuments 1440–1736
This volume focuses on the very heart of the Pagan area. Several important temples such as Loka-ok-shaung, Thein-mazi and Gu-taw-thit-hpaya are presented, as well as exceptional monuments such as the Mye-bon-tha-hpaya-hia temple and the Shwe-hsan-daw stupa. It records such highly venerated monuments as the Shwe-gu-gyi temple (the highest temple in Pagan), Nat-hlaung-kyaung (the only indisputably non-Buddhist monument in Pagan and probably one of the oldest), the Patho-hta-mya and the Gawdaw-palin temples, as well as the Maha-bodhi-hpaya temple – a fascinating replica of the Bodhgaya temple in India. Finally, moving eastwards, it concludes with a large group of structures, mostly ruined, inside the enclosed She-nan-yin-taw monastic complex.