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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…
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 Old Bagan

Gawdawpalin Pahto

Standing 197ft tall, Gawdawpalin is one of the largest and most imposing Bagan temples, although by no means the most inspiring, with its modernised altar and tile floors inside. Built during the reign of Narapatisi…
Museum in Old Bagan

Archaeological Museum

Housed in a sprawling complex, this government-run museum features many fine pieces from Bagan (reclining buddhas, original images, inscribed stones and mural re-creations) and an unexpected room of modern-art rende…
Archaeological Site in Old Bagan

Tharabar Gate

Do stop on the eastern side of this former entrance to the original palace site. The gate is the best-preserved remains of the 9th-century wall and the only gate still standing. Traces of old stucco can still be see…
Buddhist Temple in Old Bagan

Thatbyinnyu Pahto

Named for ‘omniscience’, Bagan’s highest temple is built of two white-coloured boxy storeys, each with three diminishing terraces rimmed with spires and leading to a gold-tipped sikhara, 207ft high. Its monumental s…
Buddhist Temple in Old Bagan

Pahtothamya

On the dirt road 500ft east towards the dominating Thatbyinnyu, the Pahtothamya (or Thamya Pahto) was probably built during the reign of Kyanzittha, around the turn of the 12th century, although it is popularly held…
Buddhist Temple in Old Bagan

Shwegugyi

Built by Alaungsithu in 1131, this smaller but elegant pahto, 650ft north of Thatbyinnyu, is an example of Bagan’s middle period of temple building, a transition in architectural style from the dark and cloistered t…
Buddhist Monastery in Old Bagan

Mimalaung Kyaung

A nice set of chinthe (half-lion/half-dragon deities) guards the stairway leading up to this small, square monastery platform, constructed in 1174 by Narapatisithu. It’s about 650ft south of Gawdawpalin, on the othe…
Buddhist Temple in Old Bagan

Mahabodhi Paya

Unlike any other Bagan temple, this monument, located on the north side of the main road 1000ft west of the gate, is modelled after the famous Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya, India, which commemorates the spot where t…