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Sulamani Guphaya Temple, Bagan

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Encounter a time-honored remnant rich in the country’s cultural heritage at Sulamani Guphaya Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple from the late Bagan building period. Constructed in 1183 by the industrious King Narapatisithu, the temple remains one of the most visited in the region. Translating literally to mean "small ruby," the temple’s name comes from a gem whose story is now told in the northern porch, where an inscription tells of how the King found a precious red stone at the site before starting to build the temple. Admire the delicate glazed terracotta brickwork depicting the life of Buddha as you explore the two-story structure, partly restored after the earthquake of 1975. With our custom trip planner, Bagan attractions like Sulamani Guphaya Temple can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • A visit to the sunset is very advisable. The pagoda may be climbed. From up here, then opens up a fantastic view over the landscape and the countless pagodas in the vicinity, which are gilded by the Sun.
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  • Built in 1183 in a solitary position is perhaps the most elegant and beautiful of the whole Bagan. Has a doubling cube and three terraces, the exteriors have stucco and green and yellow glazed tiles while the interiors retain two 11th-century Buddha. Recalling almost naïve style. We recommend that you go there early before the heat is stifling. They are doing some major work of restoration that are really needed: even the last earthquake did a bit of damage.
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  • The temple is very beautiful and is relatively close to Htilominlo Payo and Bulethi. There you can visit darker rooms, is very interesting (but watch out for bats!).
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  • One of the top destinations in Bagan. Below photo was taken before the 2016 earthquake which damaged the top site of the pagoda.
  • The tall elegant late Bagan temple with wall paintings from 3 eras, Bagan, Konbaung and post Konbaung. Sadly, it was severely damaged in 2016 earthquake.
  • Most of the temples in the area are the same, but this is definitely the one to go see. It'a massive, but does get a bit crowded.
  • As of June 2016, no way to climb higher than a few stairs to look out a window found. Sign saying going higher is not allowed for preservation reasons. Nice paintings inside. Worth a visit. Tranquil.
  • Nice architecture with beautiful way to pagoda

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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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