The rich town planning and architectural legacy of the ancient state of Pyu, located on the middle branch of the Irravaddy River, is largely a discovery of archaeological excavation undertaken during the 1960s. This analysis of Pyu city plans and architectural compositions is based on reports of the Archaeological Survey of Burma and material from the author's own field studies. The analysis demonstrates that traditional medieval town planning in Burma is based on Pyu achievements, such as the system of city and palace planning, the main types of Buddhist temples, and the brick building technology that employs radiating arches.

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