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Dhammayangyi Temple, Bagan
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Discover the dark history of Dhammayangyi Temple, dating back to the 12th century. Built by a king who killed his own brother and father to get the throne, the temple has a sinister reputation and the locals often avoid it. Nonetheless, the temple--the largest in the country--affords scenic views if you climb to its upper floors. Walk the long hallways and admire the vast space of the temple, noting the two statues of Gautama and Maitreya. The high ceiling makes the building a perfect nesting spot for bats. Bring a face mask as the place isn't cleaned regularly. Using our world travel planner, Bagan attractions like Dhammayangyi Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This temple is the most massive looking in bagan. Its got some long hallways. Too bad you cant climb up this one. 
  • This temple is visible from most parts of Bagan.Unfortunately the earthquake that occured few months damaged the terraces at upper level at couple of places that can be clearly observed from a distanc...  more »
  • My favourite temple - the temple of the bad king or bat temple is bricked up inside where the evil king supposedly resides. The temple is now home to hundreds of bats flying around the corridors