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 international travel planner, Bagan attractions like Dhammayangyi Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Splendid Temple is going to be haunted rumors? Guide just explained, this pagoda is unfinished and remains nearly a thousand years after that. Other pagodas in the gilded, 10-minute grandeur.
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  • The biggest Pagoda in Bagan. Again visit it with a guide, who can tell you the history and special things about this pagoda.  more »
  • This building is one of the most remarkable of Bagan with its masonry and the quality of work of the bricks. Nevertheless, this temple was never completed during the reign of Narathu who was assassinated before the end of the work. This bloodthirsty King, according to legend, supervised him even the construction site and was run the masons if a needle could be inserted between the bricks.
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Bagan accommodations try their best to fit in with the atmosphere of spirituality and mystery that clings to the temple town. As such, you won't find any high-rise hotels here. Instead, a number of squat wooden lodges, converted traditional houses, and new boutique resorts (all pretty low to the ground) provide the main options for those staying in town. Among them, you'll find some that offer a slightly better range of facilities--including well-maintained pools and restaurants--and others that offer basic dormitory accommodation.
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