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A quick guide to Burmese architecture

In order to understand Burmese architecture, we have to learn a few terms.

  • Paya is a generic term, covering either a temple, a shrine or a stupa in Burmese language. Examples of this type of architecture include DhammayazikaShwegugyi and Shwesandaw temples
  • Pahto refers to a square-shaped temple (ie.  Abeyadana, Ananda and Sulamani temples) in Burmese.
  • Term zedi refers to a Bell-shaped stupa in Burmese, that alike all stupas, bears relics.
  • Finally, there is a typical top ornament found in almost all buildings in Myanmar called as hti.