Thatbyinnyu Temple, Bagan

4.3
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Explore one of Bagan’s most famous temples at Thatbyinnyu Temple. The temple towers over its nearby neighbours and is famed for its height and its white exterior. Built in the 12th century by King Alaungsithu, the temple takes its name from the Omniscience of the Buddha. Explore the serene grounds and admire the temple's imposing presence. Inside, you’ll find a large seated Buddha on the second story, and from the terraces you can take in the magnificent views of the surrounding scenery. Take a seat and enjoy the surroundings while admiring the fortress-like architecture of the temple. To visit Thatbyinnyu Temple and other attractions in Bagan, use our Bagan trip planner.
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  • This is my favourite. We visited it post sunset. It is surrounded by a lot of trees. The view was simply amazing. Touched the heart.  more »
  • One of the tallest temples to see when you're in the Old Bagan city. You'll like the Buddha paintings and statues.  more »
  • This nice pagoda is Within 2 km of Ananda Temple on the other side of the Tharabar Gate, is the majestic Thatbyinnyu Pagoda – towering above other nearby pagodas, which is visible from much of the...  more »
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  • It is not far from the famous Ananda temple. This structure of imposing majesty towers over other temples in the vicinity. With elaborately decorated stupas on all corners of this double storeyed temple, it has been built to signify the omniscience of Lord Buddha. The elevation literally inspires one to rise above the mundane and attain divinity.
  • A nice place in Bagan!!
  • With a height of just over 60 meters, the Thatbyinnyu Pagoda is one of the highest monuments of Bagan. The majestic pagoda, towering above other nearby temples and pagodas is visible from much of the Bagan plains. After the single storey pagodas built during the early period like the Shwezigon pagoda, the Thatbyinnyu is one of the first two storey structures built in Bagan. After the Thatbyinnyu, Bagan architectural style evolved further with the Sulamani (1183), the Gawdawpalin (early 13th century) and the Htilominlo temple (1211), that are all multi storey temples. The square base of the Thatbyinnyu temple is about 58 meters long on each side. The brick structure coated with stucco is set on a low platform. On top of both the first and second storey are three receding terraces. Each terrace has a small stupa on each of its four corners. Many of the large Bagan temples like the Ananda and the Sulamani have a set of glazed terracotta plaques with depictions form the Jataka tales on the base and terraces. Although the indentations for more than 500 plaques are present encircling the terraces of the Thatbyinnyu temple, the Jataka plaques are missing for some reason. On top of the massive base is a smaller cube shaped structure where the principal Buddha image is enshrined in a cella, a cubic space surrounded by a corridor. The top of the pagoda is formed by a sikhara tower, which is shorter and more compact than that of the Ananda temple and not gilded. On top of the sikhara is a gilded hti, a spire ornament found in most Burmese temples shaped in the form of an umbrella. All four sides have an arched entrance hall protruding from the main building. The portico on the East side, which is the main entrance is longer than the other three, which breaks the symmetry of the temple. The corridors enshrine a large number of seated Buddha images seated in pedestals in receding arches in the walls. A few statues of Nat spirits who were worshipped in Burma before the arrival of Buddhism can also be found in the temple. The temple was badly damaged during the 1975 earthquake and has been renovated a few years later. The terraces of the Thatbyinnyu are closed to the public to prevent further erosion to the structure.
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  • Same as everywhere - noisy pilgrims. FORTUNATELY, the parking place is kept outside.

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