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Thatbyinnyu Temple, Bagan

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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 itinerary builder.
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  • Unfortunately we visited shortly after the 2016 earthquakes so several places were either closed or not fully open for tourist whilst they assessed the damage or made repairs. Still great to see from ...  more »
  • Dominates, its 66 mt. high, the landscape of old Bagan and dates back to around the year 1030. It is the first two-story Temple (called "double cube") and both floors are topped by terraces decorated with battlements and entrances are located at the 4 Cardinal anointed. Inside there are records of very refined floral frescoes.
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  • This sight is closed to public due to damage from an earthquake. Just past the gate on the left a trail leads to a small hill which a good view and photo spot.  more »

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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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