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February 29, 2020

Me Nu Brick Monastery teeming with locals, tourists on weekends

Holiday makers throng the Me Nu Oak Kyaung (brick monastery) in Inwa. Photo: IPRD
Holiday makers throng the Me Nu Oak Kyaung (brick monastery) in Inwa. Photo: IPRD

With its rich ancient architecture, Me Nu Oak Kyaug (brick monastery), also known as Maha Aung Myae Bon Zan, is attracting crowds of tourists and locals on weekends and holidays.
“The ancient city of Inwa has seen an increase in tourism in recent days. Me Nu Oak Kyaung is one of the famous destinations in Inwa city for both locals and tourists. They come to explore the ancient architecture of the monastery,” said locals.
The monastery was donated by King Bagyitaw of the Konbaung dynasty and Chief Queen Namadaw Me Nu in 1822. It was damaged in an earthquake in 1838 and restored in 1873 by Sinphyumashin, the daughter of Me Nu. The monastery is a 192x112x94 feet brick building, which is markedly different from traditional Myanmar monasteries, which have been constructed with wood. It is among the finest specimens of Myanmar architecture from the Konbaung dynasty (19th century).—IPRD (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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