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Gawdawpalin Temple, Bagan

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
Nine centuries old, Gawdawpalin Temple represents a historic monument worth visiting, whether you're a history-lover or simply enjoy old architecture. The temple stands as the second tallest religious site in the region, boasting two floors and seven gloriously decorated terraces. Although it was damaged in an earthquake some 40 years ago, the renovation done since has restored the temple's authentic look and feel. Explore the temple and the pagoda, and see where believers go to pray, meditate, or practice traditional Buddhist rituals. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Bagan holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Gawdawpalin Temple and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This is one of the largest and best known temples of Bagan. The temple is often visited, so an early visit is highly recommended.
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  • The Gawdapalin Temple is one of the most impressive temples and the largest in Bagan, its height of 55 m placed in second position behind the Thatbyinnyu that served him as a model. Built in 1174 this beautiful building is one that has suffered most from the earthquake of 1975 and also one of the first to be restored. He is best known for his very thick white walls and the beautiful Golden Buddha that it houses. The Gawdawpalin has two stories, with many terraces that offer a point of view preferred throughout the site. Just prior us cross the path of a snake, I remind you that visiting temples is done barefoot, so watch where you put the hands and feet!
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  • I cycled my way from Nyaung U town where I stayed and explored my way along Bagan-Nyaung U Road to visit most temples on both sides of the road. The Bagan Nyaung U Road is a straight road but there is...  more »

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Where to stay in Bagan

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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