Art & Culture

Panyan (Masonry)

The art of Panyan (mason) is an enterprise which constructs the buildings using bricks, stones and cement. The masons build brick houses, pagoda, bridges. Myanmar’s traditional masonry works enjoys world wide renown for the ancient pagodas and other religious buildings around Bagan region. The Myanmar’s traditional masonry of Bagan period is the highest developed of all the historical periods. Their works are remarkable for their strength, grandeur beauty of form, immensity of volume, detailed and appropriate decorations and the power to hold the spectators in awe. The masonry of mid Amarapura period is beautiful and lively but to be placed only in the second order behind Bagan. The Myanmar’s traditional masonry have derived from the Mon’s culture of Suvanna Bhumi and in the Southern Indian’s culture flun the 11th century A.D. In Fact - Masonry in Myanmar emerged since the Pyu period in the 1st century A.D.