ANANDA PAGODA - MYANMAR
The Ananda Pahto, or Paya, at Bagan is located just to the east of the old city walls . This pagoda was completed in 1091 A.D. by King Kyanzittha. It is modeled after the legendary Nandamula cave in the Himalaya mountains. Soaring to 51 meters, it received its golden gilding in 1990 in commemeration of the 900th anniversary of its construction. There are four great statues of the Buddhas of the four ages. Kakusandha faces north, Konagamana faces east, Kassapa faces south, and Guatama, the most recent Buddha, faces west. The temple was damaged in the earthquake of 1975, and has been carefully restored.