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Gubyaukgyi Temple, Bagan

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Witness original 12th-century history at Gubyaukgyi Temple, containing the region's best-preserved and oldest frescoes depicting the life of Buddha. The dimly lit interior contains shrines connected by hallways, as well as a grand total of 34 recesses. Buddha statues once filled all the recesses, though due to theft only 19 remain. The sacred structure's position just west of the Myazedi Pagoda adds to its significance, as two stone pillars--sometimes referred to as the Burmese Rosetta Stone--were found at the pagoda. Make Gubyaukgyi Temple a centerpiece of your Bagan vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Bagan travel itinerary maker.
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  • Located in Myinkaba just north of old Bagan. Amazing temple with wonderful frescoes. No photography allowed inside but well worth the visit. Also in the same complex is the Myazedi Quadrilingual stone...  more »
  • Gubyaukgyi Temple is located in Myinkaba, north of Bagan. It was built by Rajakumar, son of King Kyansittha, in A.D.11 century. It has been involving with a true romance among the three characters Kya...  more »
  • The temple is a little small and there are better ones in town, but he is very close to the Shwensedaw and worth the visit!
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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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