72 Buddhist Temples to explore in Myanmar
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Kuthodaw Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa, located at the foot of Mandalay Hill in Mandalay, Myanmar. It was built during the reign of King Mindon Min who had the pagoda built as part of the traditional foundations of the new royal city of Mandalay in 1857. Kuthodaw and Sandamuni Pagodas are home to the world’s largest books, consisting of hundreds of inscribed standing stone pages.
The Kyaik Pun Pagoda actually means Four Statues Pagoda in Burmese. It was built by King Migadippa in the late 7th century and restored in 1476 by King Khammazedi. It consists of 4 enormous Buddhas in the seated position and back-to-back with each other, wearing golden robes and all have different expressions on the faces. They are in the Bhumisparsha mudra, calling the Earth to witness. It is one of the famous attraction in this area and daily a lot of devotees comes here and experiences this b
Also known as the Golden Rock Pagoda is located on top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo at 3615 feet (1102 meters) above sea level, in the Mon State. The Pagoda was built more than 2500 years ago. Legend has it that the Pagoda was built on a Hair relic that was given to a hermit by Buddha Himself. It can also be qualified as one of the wonders of the world by virtue of the fact that it sits uniquely at the apex of a huge, almost egg shaped granitic boulder.
The Kyauktawgyi Pagoda was built by King Mindon in 1853 on the model of the Ananda Temple at Pagan. It closely resembles the Ananda in exterior form but it falls short of the latter in construction and interior decoration. The pagoda was completed during 1878. The chief feature of the Kyauktawgyi Paya is a huge seated Buddha figure sculpted from a single block of pale green marble from the Sagyin quarry twelve miles north of Mandalay.
The Kyaik-thanlan pagoda was erected in 875 A.D. during the reign of King Mutpi Raja. A hair relic of the Buddha, Tripitaka manuscripts and gold images of the Buddha were enshrined in the pagoda. Successive kings raised the pagoda higher from 56 feet to the present 150 feet. There are 34 small pagodas called Zediyan surrounding the pagoda. It is now one of the key attractions in this area.
Lawkananda Pagoda was built by King Anawrahta during his reign in 1059. The pagoda has enshrined the Buddha’s tooth relic in Bagan. It was erected on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. Lawkananda would be the first to see with its distinctive elongated cylindrical dome. It is still used as an everyday place of worship and is thought to house an important Buddha-tooth replica.
Le-myet-hna is a temple in Mrauk U located at the northwest corner of the Shite-thaung Temple. It has four entrances, one to each cardinal point and eight seated Buddhas round a central column. It was built by King Min Saw Mon in 1430 AD. Temple was entirely constructed with black sand stones.
The Bodhi Tataung Laykyun Sekkya standing Buddha statue having 116 metres height is the second tallest statue in the world. It is located at the back of a large religious site with bodhi trees, gardens containing hundreds of sitting Buddhas, and a huge reclining Buddha lying in front of the Laykyun Sekkya.The interior of the main structure features depictions of Buddhist teachings, including some alarming images of depravity and the punishment of evil-doers, and so more. You can climb several fl
Lemyethna Pagoda is located in the eastern part of the Bagan Plain and was built in 1222. It features intricate figure frescoes on its interior walls and ceilings. Based on some of the ruins nearby, the temple was likely originally part of a monastery. The temple's condition decline over the centuries and frequent whitewashing of the temple damaged some of the original murals.
The Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery is a fine example of Burmese monastery architecture during the Konbaung dynasty. The monastery, also known as the Brick Monastery is a well-preserved building in ochre color. The very ornate structure is decorated with intricate stuccoed sculptures. It was built by Queen Me Nu, wife of King Bagyidaw of the Konbaung dynasty in 1818 as the residence of the Royal Abbott. It is also known as Me Nu Oak Kyaung which translates to Me Nu’s brick monastery.
Amongst over 2000 surviving monuments in Bagan, this Pagoda is the one which is closely identical with the Maha Bodhi Pagoda at Bodhgaya in India. It was built by King Zeya Thein Kha in A. D. 1215. Just like at Bodhgaya, there are seven sacred places in the environ of this Pagoda. With the exception of slight differ¬ences in position, the seven sacred places are similar to those at Bodhgaya.
Mahāgandhāyon Monastery, located in Amarapura, Myanmar, is the country's most prominent monastic college. The monastery, known for its strict adherence to the Vinaya, the Buddhist monastic code. he monastery was first established by Agatithuka Sayadaw. It was now one of the key attractions in this area.
The Mahamuni Buddha Temple is one of the popular Buddhist temples and is considered as a major pilgrimage site and located in the region of Mandalay in Burma. This temple is home to one of the ancient Buddha images and was believed to be originated from the ancient kingdom of Arakan. The Mahamuni Buddha Image is also known as The Great Sage and holds quite an importance in the lives of people around Mandalay.
The Mahazedi Paya ranks among the most sacred sites in Bago, second only to the Shwemawdaw Pagoda. First established in 1559 or 1560, it reputedly houses a tooth relic from Sri Lanka, the gift of King Dharmapala of the Kotte kingdom. Throughout its history, the pagoda has been destroyed by several earthquakes on the Sagaing Fault, on 13 September 1564, 1583, and 8 October 1888, and completely leveled in 1930. Mahazedi Pagoda was rebuilt in the 1950s.
A Buddhist temple which was located in the heart of Myanmar and is also a famous place here. It is a rectangular building of two storeys. The building contains three images of seated Buddhas and an image of Buddha entering Nirvana. Manuha Temple is one of the oldest temples in Bagan.
The Pagoda was built in 1277 by King Narathihapati. It was the very last of the large late period monuments to be built before the kingdom's decline, thus representing the final flowering of Bagan's architectural skills. Being the westernmost monument at Bagan, it's a particularly good spot for a panoramic afternoon view of all the monuments lying to the east.
Mingun Pahtodawgyi lies in Mingun. Sagaing Division. It is one of the famous monuments in the world. It was one of the big fours built by King Bodawpaya around the place. It was built on the fifth waxing day of Tabodwe of 1152 ME. around 1791. But it was left unfinished due to a prophesy that. once the pagoda was completed. the country would break.