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It was built by King Mindon of white marble. It took three years from 1266 to 1269. After the King's demise. The Saopha of Nyaungshwe built its gantakuti temple and a tazaung for pilgrims there.
In the brick pyathats on the mahayan wall were figures of 80 arahants. At the four corners were grown Bodhi trees from Sri Lanka. Now only one is left in the north-west.
Kyauktawgyi Pagoda (the Pagoda of the Great Marble Image), also built by King Mindon, stads at the foot of Mandalay Hill. Built in 1865, the Pagoda is so-called because it houses a large image of the Buddha sculpted from a single block of beautiful Sagyin marble. Other attractions are Sandamuni Pagoda, Eindawya Pagoda, Shwe In Bin Monastery, Mandalay Museum and Library, Zegyo Market and Silk Weaving Cottage.
Officially named "Mahasakyamarajina" (The Great Conqueror of Mara and who was of Sakya race) but commonly called "Kyauk Taw Gyi" (The Great Stone Royal) the largest stone Buddha Image is housed in a big brick temple with an iron roof of a unique design, located just at the Southern side of Mandalay Hill.
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