BAGAN (City of First Emperor)

Gubyaukgyi Temple (Wetkyi-in)

Close to Wetkyi-in village, 13th century cave temple has an Indian style spire and famous for its fine stucco (plaster curving) work. To distinguish it from the temple of the same name in Myinkaba, this monument is sometimes called Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi

Shwegugyi Pagoda

Shwegugyi, means Great Golden Cave, built by Alaungsithu in 1311. It is also notable for its fine stucco carvings and for the stone slabs in the inner wall that tell its history, including the fact that its construction took seven and a half months.

Manuha Temple

Manuha was named after the Mon King from Thaton, who was held captive in Bagan by Anawrahata. Legend says that Manuha was allowed to build this temple in 1059, and that he constructed it to represent his displeasure at captivity. Inside the temple, three seated Buddhas face the front of the building, and in the back there’s a huge reclining Buddha. All seem too large for their enclosures, and their cramped, uncomfortable positions are said to represent the stress and lack of comfort the captive king had to endure.

Sulamani Temple

Sulamani Temple, known as Small Ruby Temple stands beyond Dhammayangyi Temple, built by King Narapatisithu (1174-1211). The temple features two storeys standing on broad terraces assembled to create a pyramid effect. On the ground floor, a vaulted corridor runs around the central pile of solid brickworks. Buddha images are seated there facing each of the cardinal points. The inner walls were once decorated with paintings but except for a few patches of ink painting, no trace of great artistic value remains after years of abandonment. The brickwork throughout is considered some of the best in Bagan

Gadawtpalin Temple

Gadawtpalin is the temple from the later period of the Bagan realm. Built by Narapatisithu and finished under Nadaungmya (1211-34). It was severely damaged during the earthquake of 1975, but was reconstructed in early 1980s. The temple is similar to the Thatbyinnyu cube shape, with Buddha images on the four sides of the ground floor, with several refinements.

Bu Pagoda

Bu Pagoda (a gourd shape pagoda), cylindrical Pyu-style stupa is situated right on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. It is said to be the oldest temple in Bagan and was destroyed when it tumbled into the river in the 1975 earthquake, but has since been totally rebuilt. Bu Paya is one of sunset-viewing spot in Bagan.

Shwesandaw Pagoda

Shwesandaw Pagoda is a graceful circular stupa, built by King Anawrahta after his conquest of Thaton in 1057. The pagoda bell rises from two octagonal bases, which top the five square terraces. The upper terrace of Shwesandaw Pagoda is one of the best places to enjoy sunset amongst the ruins of ancient temples and pagodas across a vast and plain land.

Archaeological Museum

The Bagan Archaeological Museum is situated within old Bagan city to the South West closed to the Gadotpalin Pagoda not only grand in a imposing but also adorned inside and outside with Myanmar decorated art. It makes an interesting introduction before start exploring the actual sites. The central gallery contains a large number of religious images and other fine works found in temples around Bagan, including arts and crafts, stone inscriptions, painting depicted the social life, Military matters and weapon model of Bagan period in the respective displayed rooms, paintings of Pagodas, Buddha Images with different posture of Mudra made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, wood etc. There is also a small exhibit on the 1975 earthquake. Actually, these entire exhibit displayed in Bagan Archaeological Museum are witnessing high great the Myanmar culture standard work.

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