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Manuha Temple, Bagan

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One of the oldest temples in the Bagan region, the unusual Manuha Temple features three enormous Buddha statues, crammed into small rooms inside the impressive structure. The temple was reputedly built by the imprisoned King Manuha, who was allowed to build it in 1059, and constructed these large effigies trapped internally as a way of conveying his plight. Climb to the top of the central gold-leafed pagoda, where you can see the largest sitting Buddha; his face, which appears grim when viewed below, takes on a contented expression with the changed aspect. Put Manuha Temple and other Bagan attractions into our Bagan trip itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Manuha is a must see temple south of old bagan. lots of local pilgrims come to this temple, as do tourists. So, it can feel a little over-run at times because everything inside the temple is very narr...  more »
  • This is an interesting temple built by the captive Mon king. It has 3 sitting Buddhas and 1 reclining dying Buddha in very tight quarters. It may be reflective of the physical and mental states of bei...  more »
  • From the outside, you can see hardly what is inside. To get through the entrance, you must throw the head back to see the Buddha in the face. Also the lying Buddha on the back side is monstrous.
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  • The Tha Ton King MaNuHa had shown how he had felt by building the Buddha image.
  • An extraordinary building. Western religious buildings, whether churches, synagogues, or mosques, are built to hold people. Only churches have images, and these are of secondary importance. Manuha is the apotheosis of a different tradition, the religious building built to house images. Its four rooms each hold a statue of the Buddha--with little room for anything else. The space for worshipers is less than a tenth of the floor space in each room, approximately half of volume of each room. Amazing.
  • King Anawrahta had attributed this temple to Manuha the conquered king of Thaton. It contains a seated image of Buddha with the right hand in the gesture of poignant and looking towards the east.
  • Feeling different from others pagodas.
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