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Dhamma-yan-gyi, a veritable mountain-cave begun in 1165 by Sithu I but never finished. (Why? One explanation is that Sithu was about to rise from his deathbed, which prompted an ambitious son to smother him. The son had no wish to increase his father's merit and so ordered "down tools.") Despite its immense bulk, the temple has only one level, and the inner ambulatory, through which pilgrims might have passed, was immediately blocked with rubble. It remains blocked today, not only by rubble but by modern gates that keep visitors completely outside.

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