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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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  • A stunning temple, must visit in Bagan. I think the temple used to be more white in color but after restoration work, it's an earthy brown.  more »
  • Be honest, before going to this country also scared by the government, the politic Think they will more willing to spend money on other way than in preserving the ancient temple/ pagoda Co operated wi...  more »
  • The Ananda temple is one of Bagan’s best known and most beautiful temples. It was one of the first great temples to be build in Bagan and is well preserved. The temple is found near the Tharabar gate.  more »
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  • Amazing old but well preserved and restored Pagoda. Careful not to trip over people who start praying in the hallway. And if you like you can (but don't have to) but gold leave to put on the Buddha statue for good luck. Salespeople are friendly and not intrusive. The walls are so thick it is very cool inside and your phone won't work :) the 4 main Buddha statues are always in light due to cleverly placed light holes in the walls.
  • Beautiful temple; is currently undergoing restoration so you can see people working hard all around the temple. There is a makeshift store selling noodles outside the temple and it's a nice experience having a bowl of noodles with the locals who come to pray.
  • Ananda Temple was build by King Kyanzittha since 1105 AD. It's a full of art in whole temple. it's a good place to imagine that about ancient peoples. you can see a lot of stone craft , ancient painting arts. It's a place that i want to live for a week or a month again.
  • Just arrived back from there. It's my 2nd visit . This temple is beautiful and amazing it's one of the most surviving masterpiece of the Mon architecture. Also known as the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples.
  • Beautiful temple, must visit when you're in Bagan.