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The Hsinbyume or Myatheindan Pagoda is situated about 10 km northwest of Mandalay, on the western bank of the Irrawaddy River, near to Mingun in Myanmar.
The structure of the white pagoda, which was built in 1816 , represents the Mount Meru, the sacred mountain and the centre of the universe in Buddhism. The pagoda was dedicated to the memory of King Bagyidaw’s first wife, Princess Hsinbyume, the ‘Elephant Princess’, who died while giving birth to their child.
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Angkor Wat is rightly Cambodia’s most famous historical and religious site, visited by millions every year [4.6million estimated in 2014]. But what is not clear to many until visiting is that Angkor is quite a large area near the city of Siem Reap actually containing many temples, palaces, and other ancient buildings of a wide range of architectural styles spanning several centuries.
Here is a public domain simplified map showing the many major sites near the main complexes of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom:
An historical periodization of the styles of architecture found in and around Angkor can be a useful reference both to navigating the different eras of sites closely located in the area, as well as placing the temple architecture found around the rest of Cambodia.
The following is our chart based on the periodization of Angkorian Architecture by Michael Freeman and Claude Jacques (Ancient Angkor. River Books. 2006. ISBN 974-8225-27-5) based on the summarized dates in the excellent Wikipedia article about the Architecture of Cambodia.
Here is our second version with the characteristic or eponymous sites added as illustrations (image links to full size):
A detailed discussion of Khmer architectural styles and history, of course focusing on major Buddhist sites, can be found in The Golden Lands book.
To provide supporting information for the launch of The Golden Lands book, we’ve published several slideshows of our own mainly about travel itineraries for Southeast Asia: check out our Slideshare page here http://www.slideshare.net/buddhistarchitecture
But we’re not the only ones on Slideshare with interests in these topics! Here are some recommended slideshows from other sources, have a look through! [Information from 3rd parties comes with no warranty ]
See our Pintrest album of Buddhist caves and grottoes here!