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Ananda Temple, Bagan

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A well-preserved masterpiece of Bagan architecture, Ananda Temple displays delicate stone-carved facades and an impressive pyramid-shape structure, with a magnificent gilted central tower that can be seen from far away. Built in 1105, this outstanding example of fine craftsmanship, a landmark of Bagan, has been well-restored, and still displays some of the original murals and stucco. Marvel at four 9.5 m (31 ft) tall gilded statues of standing Buddhas inside this simple but very large corridor temple. A popular escape from the busy city, the grandiose 53 by 53 m (174 by 174 ft) yard of the temple provides tranquility set against the tall carved cliff. Take an ox-drawn cart for a time machine trip during your visit to this must-see attraction. Put Ananda Temple and other Bagan attractions into our Bagan travel itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • From the outside the temple reminiscent of almost a Spanish/Moorish building, if one thinks away the stupa on top times. At the moment, the stone of the walls is bright and freshly cleaned. It then enters the cool Interior so you meet first on a herumführenden to the Holy of Holies "cloister, in which dozens of niche decorate the walls with Buddha statues and scenes from Buddha's life. Striking is the still very strong, Indian influence in the statues. The large, thick Gates make it clear that the temple was used occasionally as a refuge. Sure the main attraction are the placed in the 4 cardinal directions, standing Buddha statues, of which none of the others is like.
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  • Ananda Temple is spectacular. Very beautiful. My favorite temple in Bagan. The standing Buddha in the South entrance looks serious when you are close to him, but when you walk away he looks at you wit...  more »
  • The building is magnificent as well as the vast majority of the temples of Bagan. Ananda is the one that stands out, either by size, is the beauty of statues, all very high and special art.
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  • A nice place to visit U can learn about the ancient things.... The statue of Buddha image is so amazing .... it is so high and so admirable. .... the huge doors at 4 directions are also so amazing.....
  • Another classic temple of Bagan. For an authentic experience, explore off the beaten track by bike to see some of the smaller temples. Nonetheless, be sure to spot all 4 of the Buddha figures inside.
  • Amazing temple, you need more than 1 day to discover this place
  • A real must-see for Bagan. A very large temple with excellent images of Buddha and his stories. We had a guide, so he explained a lot about this temple, the religion and the architecture. It really is the highlight of Bagan (second only to the sunrise balloon ride.) Restoration of the fresco ,(or mursls) is continuing but there are plenty too see now.
  • Beautiful exterior, but not much in the inside. I spent only 20 mins here and there was nothing else.