Travelogue

Architecture

Nandapyinnya (Bagan)

Pronouced as Nanda-pyin-nya, the small temple has murals wall paintings but photography is prohibited.

 Nandapyinnya (3)

The location is out of the normal temples, so the site has fewer tourists. The highlight of my visit to this temple was the goat herding.

 Nandapyinnya (2)

I walked to nearby ‘deserted’ temples alone, and have all the temples to myself.

 Nandapyinnya (6)

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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.

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Shwezigon Paya and the 37 nat (Nyaung-U)

If Yangon has the Shwedagon Pagoda, Nyaung-U (Bagan area) has the similarly impressive Shwezigon Pagoda.

Shwezigon Pagoda (3)

Before the adoption of Buddhism, Burmeses worship spirits called nats (they continue the worshiping today in many temples).

Shwezigon Pagoda (2)

A clockwise tour in the temple compound reveals many more interesting sights and artefacts.

Shwezigon Pagoda (4)

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Sulamani Pahto (Bagan)

One of the larger temples in Bagan constructed in 1181. Sula-mani means small ruby in Burmese, or the ‘crowning jewel’. King Narapatishithu found a ruby at the current site and decided to  build a elaborate temple to mark his good fortune.

Sulamani Pahto (3)

Sulamani Pahto is  2-storey brick building.

Sulamani Pahto (7)

We walked around the exterior compound (spacious), some decorative glaze plaques are still visible.

Sulamani Pahto (1)

Before we could tour the interior, our driver come and fetch me to see the ‘cow come home’.

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Dhammayangyi Temple (Bagan)

Kingdom of Pagan had built more than 10,000 temples, pagoda and monasteries between 11th to 13th centuries alone.

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There were many reasons for the kings or noblemen built religious building. Some were to mark significant event or meaning, some were for blessing, and Dhammayangyi was likely to cover up the sin of killing his own father.

Dhammayangyi (5)

The larger magnitude of one’s guilt, the larger in size a temple might be constructed. King Narathu commissioned the construction of this temple in 1167 but he was assasinated in 1170 before the temple could be completed.

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Htilominlo Pahto (Bagan)

Another large temple constructed in 1218 that stands 150 feet, but then, it just look like Sulamani Pahto.

Htilominlo Pahto (1)

If you flash a picture of a temple in Bagan, I gradually lost the sense of the name of the temple simply because they are so many temples.

Htilominlo Pahto (2)

Although we have seen hundreds of Buddha image in the last few days, each of them has unique expression or posture.

Can you see the white umbrellas besides the Buddha? King Nantaungmya built this temple because this was the spot where he was elected from the 5 princes. Heir to the throne was elected (‘god’s will) by the umbrella leaning to which brother.

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Old Bagan

Old Bagan has many temples within the city wall. Tourists could literally walk from one temple to another.

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Viewed from interior of Pahtothamya Temple (name to be confirmed). We also climbed up this unknown stupa to have a panorama view of Old Bagan.

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Next to the temple is old of the oldest Pagoda in Bagan, Ngakywenadaung Pagoda. The architecture was labelled as ‘Type I’ from the Sri Keshtra era (10th century).

Ngakywenadaung

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