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Monastery Discovered Beneath Thai King’s Tomb

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


MANDALAY, MYANMAR—The site of a monastery has been discovered beneath the eighteenth-century tomb of King Uthumphon in the Linzin Hill cemetery. The Siamese king, who was also a Buddhist monk, had been brought to Burma as a prisoner of war after his capital, Ayutthaya, was conquered in 1767. Many other Thais were captured and moved with him. “We can’t say that this monastery belonged to King Uthumphon. Other abbots may have resided there,” said archaeologist Tin Maung Kyi.