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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  • Built in the North Indian style, this temple is supposedly the largest in the Bagan are and so draws the largest number of tourists. To really appreciate the temple, go before 9 am to avoid the crowds...  more »
  • Overall poorly maintained. Many wall paintings cannot be seen. Statues are in bad shape. Lack protection from human traffic. Access is dusty. Dress code restriction applied  more »
  • This temple dates from the 12th century and is probably the biggest and best preserved of the Bagan temples. Its layout is similar to that of Ananda with some very fine brickwork. The story goes that ...  more »
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  • The huge structure, legends say, has creepy history.. Loved the visit at dusk, though..
  • Tomb Raider style – Largest temple in Bagan, or so I've heard. It was truly very big and well worth exploring. I did not manage to find any secret passages that some people mentioned of though, but I didn't try that hard.
  • Dhammayan Gyi Temple, build during the 12th century, believed to be the largest temple in Bagan. Inside the temple can see very little wall paintings remains. some I find its like not the old paintings. But it's really big and like a maze.. one can get lost inside. On the four side inside you will see Buddha statues. Behind the statues you find Avery big pillar with walkways around it. Then there is another walkways in front of the Buddha's.. and yet another one .. thus making this temple very big and like a maze... you can lost your directions walking inside this temple. This temple is worth going. You can visit this temple and Sulamani temple together.
  • Dhammayangyi can be seen from various directions, and it is significantly structured and laid with fine bricks. Its design resembles the Ananda pagoda, that is, a square shape, with porches casting out on all four directions.
  • One of many beautiful temples in Bagan. Midday, the ground can get hot so make sure to bring socks for when you have to take off your shoes.
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