Several of the many Temples in Bagan, Myanmar.

Pagodas, Temples and other buildings at Nyaung U and Bagan.

Looking round Ananda Temple - one of Bagan's most important Temples.

This beautiful temple, which is easily one of Bagan's most impressive sites, is a must see location on the tourist route - hence it is very busy - particularly the north entrance - and where there are many hawkers and so on often being a nuisance. The east entrance is much more peaceful and leads into the central courtyard with it's beautiful tank, trees, pot plants and flowers. The entrance to the main temple is guarded by two splendid mythical beasts (chinthes or leographs). The Temple was completed in 1091 by King Kyanzitthe and is of Mon architecture. The white temple has a roof with five terraces and this is capped with a 168 foot high corn-cobb stupa and this is surrounded by four smaller stupas which gives an impression of a Hymalayan landscape. Inside the temple the design is of a simple corridor temple in the centre of which are four huge sold teak Buddha statues. There are four corridors each of which contain exactly the same 16 Buddha images and also inside there are 80 releifs depcicting the life of the Buddha. This temple was a major place of learning.
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Ananda Temple - Bagan, Myanmar.
Ananda Temple
Ananda Temple guardian or chinthe - Bagan, Myanmar.
Ananda Temple guardian
Ananda Temple Buddha - Bagan, Myanmar.
Ananda Temple Buddha
Ananda Temple Buddha - Bagan, Myanmar.
Ananda Temple Buddha

Mahabodhi Temple - Old Bagan in Myanmar.

This pagoda shaped temple is a replica of the 6th century temple built at the Mahabodhi Temple complex in Gaya (Bihar, India) where Gautama Buddha acheived enlightenment. The pyramidacal shaped tower is based on the Indian Gupta period and therefore is completely different from the usual style of bell-shaped towers in Burma. The pyramid is well endowed with niches within which are seated Buddhas - Mahabaodhi Temple Tower is probably the most decorated such structure in Myanmar.
Entrance stairway to Mimalaung Kyaung Monastery - Bagan, Myanmar.
Mimalaung Kyaung
Monastery entrance
Mimalaung Kyaung Monastery at Old Bagan, Myanmar.
Mimalaung
Kyaung Monastery
Bagan Temples - Bagan, Myanmar.
Bagan Temple
Mahabodhi Temple - Bagan, Myanmar.
Mahabodhi Temple
Bagan Jetty - Bagan, Myanmar.
Bagan Jetty
Bagan Temples 14 - Bagan, Myanmar.
Bagan Temples
Bagan Temples 15 - Bagan, Myanmar.
Bagan Temples
Bagan Temples 16 - Bagan, Myanmar.
Bagan Temple
Bagan Golden Palace - Bagan, Myanmar.
Bagan Golden Palace
Old Bagan Temple - Bagan, Myanmar.
Old Bagan Temple
Min O Chantha - Bagan, Myanmar.
Min O Chantha
Hsu Taung Pyi - Bagan, Myanmar.
Hsu Taung Pyi

Gawdawpalin Temple in Old Bagan, Myanmar.

This really impressive temple suffered from severe damage during the 1975 earthquake in Myanmar. The sikhara and 200 foot high stupa collapsed and the central structure was badly cracked - fortunately much of the temple has been renovated/re-constructed. The Temple was originally built in the 12th century under the auspices of Bamar King Narapatisithu.
Old Bagan Temples - Bagan, Myanmar.
Old Bagan Temples
Gawdawpalin Temple - Bagan, Myanmar.
Gawdawpalin Temple
Shwegugyi Temple - Bagan, Myanmar.
Shwegugyi Temple
Min myaw yaza temple - Bagan, Myanmar.
Min myaw yaza temple
Min myaw yaza area - Bagan, Myanmar.
Min myaw yaza area
Min myaw yaza area - Bagan, Myanmar.
Min myaw yaza area
Old Bagan Temples - Bagan, Myanmar.
Old Bagan Temples
Old Bagan Temple - Bagan, Myanmar.
Old Bagan Temple

Upali Thein - The Hall of Ordination at Old Bagan in Myanmar.

The Ordination Hall was constructed in the 13th century and named after the monk Upali (who was one of Gautama Buddha's chief disciples). The buildings roof has two rows of battlements with the Pagoda sat in the centre and designed in the style of the original wooden structures (long since disappeared).  If the caretaker is around it is worth asking to be allowed to look around inside as there are beautiful frescoes of Buddha and Jataka stories - these frescoes were repainted in the 17th and 18th century. In the surrounding area there are many stupas and temples to wander off and look round - some of them have really unusual and interesting shapes.

The Htilominio Temple at Old Bagan, Myanmar.

This temple is the last of the Bamar (or Burman) style temples to be built in Old Bagan - the temple was built in 1211 under the orders of King Nantaungmya. The temple is 150 feet high and situated on a huge base which is 140 feet on each side. Htilominio Temple is often really busy with quite often several day-trip tourist coaches around - also to go with all this activity there are of course loads of locals selling paintings, postcards and other so-called souvenirs. Perhaps of more use you can also buy something to drink there.
Upali Thein - Bagan, Myanmar.
Upali Thein
Htilominlo Temple - Bagan, Myanmar.
Htilominlo Temple
Old Bagan Temple - Bagan, Myanmar.
Old Bagan Temple
Old Bagan Temple - Bagan, Myanmar.
Old Bagan Temple

The Shwezigon Pagoda located on the western outskirts of Nyaung U, Myanmar.

Shwezigon Pagoda is not only another of Bagan's major tourist attractions but is also a fully active Buddhist temple. Initial construction commenced during the reign of Anawrahta and the temple was completed by his son Kyanzittha in 1089. There are several particularly important relics housed within the structure including an emerald Buddha image from China, a replica of the tooth of Kandy and frontal and collar bones of the Buddha. Another feature is that is has images of the traditional 37 Nats carved in wood - these were originally situated on the lower terraces but are not housed in a small hall adjacent to the Pagoda. Entrance is via a long covered walkway and it is necessary to remove shoes and socks before even going up this walkway - it is ok to carry them though in a bag. At the top of the walkway you enter a huge square area with the golden Pagoda in the centre and several smaller shrines and pavillions on the sides of the square. Note that walking round the Pagoda on the slabs is extremely hot on your feet - sometimes almost impossible to walk on.
Shwezigon Pagoda - Bagan, Myanmar.
Shwezigon Pagoda
Shwezigon Pagoda - Bagan, Myanmar.
Shwezigon Pagoda
Shwezigon Pagoda Nyaung U - Bagan, Myanmar.
Shwezigon Pagoda Nyaung U
Shwezigon Pagoda Nyaung U - Bagan, Myanmar.
Shwezigon Pagoda Nyaung U
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