Myu-U Pagoda Myo Thar Village

Situated one hour South West of Mandalay lies Myu-U Pagoda Myo Thar Village. It is an old traditional style pagoda, untouched and unspoiled and off the beaten track. Much of this pagoda is in a state of disrepair, except for the spires on some of the stupa’s, which have been more recently freshly painted with gold.

Several new marble Buddha statues have been donated to the Pagoda, so it would appear that an injection of money through donations in recent times is helping to restore this beautiful Pagoda and the numerous small stupa’s surrounding the main stupa.

Not hundred percent sure if I have named this pagoda correctly due to communication problems.

Beside the Pagoda is a monastery where young orphaned male children attend monastic school. We were greeted with exuberance by the these small children who followed us throughout the tour of the Pagoda, laughing and jostling with each other for attention.

Some of these young boys will become ordained monks and others will follow different paths.

Myu-U Pagoda Myo Thar Village

Myu-U Pagoda

Entrance to Myu-U Pagoda, Myo Thar village

Myu-U Pagoda Myo Thar Village

Building similar in style to the buildings at Po Win Taung Caves in Sagiang district, which were built during the colonial period

Burmese Lion guardians

Burmese Lion Guardians called Chinte seated on the four corners of this Stupa

Myu-U Pagoda Myo Thar Village

Several smaller stupas surrounding the main Stupa

Myu-U Pagoda

Myu-U Pagoda

Row of Buddha statues

The face on these Buddha statues are quite different to the faces found in most Buddha statues in Myanmar.

Burmese Monks Myo Thar Village

Orphaned children in training to become monks, of course some will and some wont, it is not mandatory for the children to become monks.

Buddha statue with young monks in the foreground

Happy future monks

Deva Myo thar Village Pagoda

Statue of a Deva, considered to be the highest ranking Nat