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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Bagan's biggest temple: Dhammayangyi Temple


Our guide, U Bo Ni, showed us the biggest temple called Dhammayangyi Temple. We were not able to get inside because we raced for the sunset and the other girls were bargaining for something outside. While waiting, I was able to have a lone successful photo in one of the windows of the temple with ornate details on it as well as admirable brick-laying too.

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Dhammayangyi Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Bagan, Myanmar. Largest of all the temples in Bagan, the Dhammayan as it is popularly known was built during the reign of King Narathu (1167-1170). Narathu, who came to the throne by assassinating his father Alaungsithu and his elder brother, presumably built this largest temple to atone for his sins. The Dhammayangyi is the widest temple in Bagan, and is built in a plan similar to that of Ananda Temple. Burmese Chronicles state that while the construction of the temple was in the process, the king was assassinated by some Indians and thus the temple was not completed. Sinhalese sources however indicate that the king was killed by Sinhalese invaders. The temple's interior is bricked up for unknown reasons, thus only the four porches and the outer corridors are accessible. (Wikipedia)

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Some of the sand paintings, which have the astrology and birth animals as subject,
 can be found laid outside the temple.

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Bicycle is one way to explore the whole of Bagan, 
which I think is much more smaller in area compared to Angkor City of Cambodia.

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One last look at the exterior of Bagan's biggest temple called Dhammayangyi Temple.

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