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. Put Sulamani Guphaya Temple and other Bagan attractions into our Bagan trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • September 23, 2017
    Visually very stunning and impressive. Unforgettable in a place with so much beauty, this was is able to stand out on it's own. Beautiful .  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    Sulamani Temple is famous beautiful and ruby colour for it ceramic panel and stone anchor and stone bondage,ceramic drain pie.  more »
  • September 10, 2017
    Unfortunately, damaging part of the mural, plastered or painted from the top. Popular images of murals are, in the middle. And the image on the left and white statue of King of the right ride. Should an immediate protection of murals here. Could maybe be off-limits. Look if the opportunity arises.
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  • June 21, 2017
    One of the top destinations in Bagan. Below photo was taken before the 2016 earthquake which damaged the top site of the pagoda.
  • March 4, 2017
    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.
  • March 1, 2017
    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.
  • June 6, 2016
    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.
  • April 24, 2017
    Nice architecture with beautiful way to pagoda

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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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