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Maha Aungmye Bonzan (or Maha Aung Myay Bonzan) is the brick monastery of Queen Nanmadaw Me Nu, built for royal abbots Nyaunggan Sayadaw U Po and U Bok. Thus it is also called as Me Nu Ok Kyaung, literally meaning the brick (ok) monastery (kyaung) of Queen Me Nu. She was the chief queen of King Bagyidaw of Konbaung dynasty of Burma from 1819 to 1837.
1. What to see
The monastery was destroyed by an earthquake in 1838 but it was repaired in 1873 by Sinphyumashin, daughter of Me Nu, a queen of King Mindon. Konbaung (19th century Burmese) monasteries were mostly built of wood and therefore got easily destroyed by fire. This brick structure was however planned for a longer life-cycle with an architecture that only simulates wooden buildings. Next to the monastery stands the white-golden colored pagoda of Htilaingshin Paya.