Htilominlo Temple was built by king Zeya Theinkha in 1218 CE. According to the legend, the King Narapati Sithu (father of king Zeya Theinkha) favored him to succeed him, however, he wants to fair amongst his five sons so he places a white umbrella (symbolizing the kingship) in the center of the sons and prayed that ‘may the white umbrella incline towards the son who deserves to be the Crown Prince’. The white umbrella inclined towards Zeya Theinkha and he later built Htilominlo on the site.
The main pagoda is noted for the brick laying work, there were no iron, or wooden, beams used at the buttress. The structure was decorated with green and yellow glazed sandstone tiles. Original paintings can be found on the ceilings of the vaulted corridors of the temple, also ink inscriptions and the horoscopes of certain personages.
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