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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Old Bagan

Ananda Pahto

With its 170ft-high gold corn-cob hti shimmering across the plains, Ananda is one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of all Bagan temples. Thought to have been built between 1090 and 1105 by Kin…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Bagan

Dhammayangyi Pahto

Visible from all parts of Bagan, this massive, walled, 12th-century temple (about 1600ft east of Shwesandaw) is infamous for its mysterious, bricked-up inner passageways and cruel history. It’s said that King Narath…
Buddhist Temple in Nyaung U

Shwezigon Paya

At the western end of Nyaung U, this big, beautiful zedi (stupa) is the town’s main religious site, and is most famous for its link with Myanmar's main nat (spirits). Lit up impressively at dusk, the gilded zedi sit…
Buddhist Temple in Pyay

Shwesandaw Paya & Around

Set on top of a hill in the town centre, the stunning Shwesandaw Paya (and the surrounding pagodas and monasteries) is not only Pyay’s major point of interest, but also one of the country’s biggest Buddhist pilgrima…
Buddhist Temple in Bagan

Shwesandaw Paya

Bagan’s most famous sunset-viewing spot, Shwesandaw is a graceful white pyramid-style pagoda with steps leading past five terraces to the circular stupa top, with good 360-degree views. Its top terrace is roomy, whi…
Buddhist Temple in Bagan

Sulamani Pahto

This temple with five doorways is known as the Crowning Jewel and was constructed around 1181 by Narapatisithu. It is one of Bagan’s most attractive temples, with lush grounds (and ample vendors) behind the surround…
Buddhist Temple in Bagan

Nan Paya

Just south of Manuha Paya by dirt road, this shrine is said to have been used as Manuha’s prison, although there is little evidence supporting the legend. In this story the shrine was originally Hindu, and captors t…
Buddhist Temple in Bagan

Nandamannya Pahto

Dating from the mid-13th century, this small, single-chambered temple has fine frescoes and a ruined seated buddha. It’s about 650ft north of Thambula; a sign leads down a short dirt road. The murals’ similarity wit…
Hindu Temple in Old Bagan

Nathlaung Kyaung

Between Pahtothamya and Thatbyinnyu, this stubby building – the only Hindu temple remaining in Bagan – has a fascinating history. Named ‘Shrine Confining Nat’, it’s where King Anawrahta stored non-Buddhist images, p…
Buddhist Temple in Mt Popa

Popa Taung Kalat Temple

From the nat shrine, start up the many steps under a covered walkway and past the rows of trinket and souvenir shops and shrines to a revered local medicine man, Pomin Gawng. At a steady pace it shouldn’t take you m…