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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 Dhammayazika, Shwegugyi 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.
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