Travelogue

Ananda Pahto and Ananda Ok Kyaung (Bagan)

I never seen so many temples in 2-day period. There are more than 2,000 pagodas still standing in the plain of  Bagan, and we only have time to visit the selected few. Lonely Planet has entire Chapter dedicated to the temples in Bagan. What LP guide book often lacks is pictures. I prefer pictorial guide book such as DK series but DK has very limited publications on less popular destinations.

Ananda Phato (3)

Ananda Pahto (1105)

One of the popular temple due to its massive scale, with 170 feet high hti. See the size of a local walking in the lower left of the photo. The 4 standing teak wood Buddhas in the center hall are impressive, and each have different hand postures.

Ananda Phato (4)

The surrounding hall ways have hundreds if not thousands of Buddha images. Natural light was cleverly harnessed to illuminate the larger statues.

Ananda Phato (2)

Next door is Ananda Ok Kyaung (meaning brick monastery), a chapel with beautiful mural (no photograph).

Ananda Ok Kyaung

Both temples are free admission. Best time to visit is during noon time because you will be mostly indoor (very cooling due to the intelligent architecture design).

Ananda Phato (1)

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