Myanmar (Burma)


Buddhist Monk on Top of Mingun Pahtodawgyi (Unfinished Pagoda of Mingun (Myanmar)

Mingun Pagoda

MINGUN, Myanmar — The massive, unfinished Mingun Pagoda is a testament to the ambition and vision of King Bodawpaya.

Buddha Statue in Manuha Temple in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Manuha Temple in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

MYINKABA VILLAGE, Myanmar (Burma) — Manuha Temple is unusual in several ways, not the least that it’s an expression of the prison-like conditions of its captive creator.

Bagaya Monastery (Bagaya Kyaung)  in Amarapura, Myanmar (Burma)

Bagaya Kyaung (Bagaya Monastery) in Inwa, Myanmar

INWA (AVA), Myanmar (Burma) — The historic Bagaya Monastery, also known as Bagaya Kyaung, showcases exquisite Burmese architectural style with its intricate wood carvings. Constructed entirely of teak, it has fared much better from the region’s earthquakes than its stone neighbors.

Buddha Shrine at Myazedi Pagoda, Myinkaba Village, Myanmar (Burma)

Myazedi Stupa

BAGAN, Myanmar (Burma) – Myazedi Stupa, which translates as “emerald stupa,” has an ancient stone tablet that includes the earliest known example of written Burmese language.

Buddha Statue at Naga Yon Hpaya Temple, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Nagayon Temple

BAGAN, Myanmar (Burma) – Dating to around the end of the 11th century, Nagayon Temple lies just south of Myinkaba Village. Its dark interior hides some impressive frescoes and interesting design features.

Buddha Statue in Manuha Temple in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Manuha Temple

BAGAN, Myanmar (Burma) – With several oversized statues of The Buddha crammed into spaces barely big enough to hold them, Manuha Temple is one of the easiest temples in Bagan to visit. It’s also one of the oddest.

Dragon and Elephant Statue at Abeyadana Temple in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Apeyadana Temple

BAGAN, Myanmar (Burma) – Apeyadana Temple is dedicated to an 11th-century chief queen consort of King Kyansittha of the Pagan Dynasty of Burma (Myanmar) and maternal grandmother of King Sithu I of Pagan.

Nyaung-U Market, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Mani Sithu Market in Nyaung-U

NYAUNG-U, Myanmar (Burma) – Mani Sithu Market is Nyaung-U’s main market in the middle of town and offers food and daily supplies for sale to the local community.

Silhouette of Thatbyinnyu Temple in Bagan, Myanmar

Thatbyinnyu Temple

BAGAN, Myanmar (Burma) – Thatbyinnyu Temple is the tallest of Bagan’s temples and occupies a prominent place near Old Bagan and the famous Ananda Temple.

Taungbi Village Pagoda, Old Bagan Myanmar (Burma)

Taungbi Village Pagoda

BAGAN, Myanmar (Burma) – This small but ornate pagoda lies deep in Taungbi Village, just to the northeast of Old Bagan and not far from the much better known Htilominlo Temple.

Pagodas of Bagan, Myanmar

Dhammayazika Pagoda

BAGAN, Myanmar (Burma) – Its gleaming gold stupa certainly stands out against the surrounding countryside. Completed in 1198, it features an unusual 5-sided design.

Lemyethna Pagoda in the Bagan Archaeological Zone

Lemyethna Pagoda

BAGAN, Myanmar (Burma) – Dating back to the early 13th century and featuring impressive frescoes, Lemyethna Pagoda is located in the eastern part of the Bagan Archaeological Zone.

Renovated Stucco at Tayok Pye Temple, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Tayok Pye Temple

BAGAN, Myanmar (Burma) – Tayok Pye Temple is in the eastern part of the Bagan Plain of the Bagan Archeological Zone. It’s notable for its ornate stucco decoration and impressive frescoes.

Shwezigon Pagoda at Nyaung-U, Myanmar, Burma

The Golden Shwezigon Pagoda in Nyaung-U

NYAUNG-U, Myanmar (Burma) – The impressive gold stupa is reputed to encase a bone and tooth of The Buddha. It sits in the heart of Nyaung-U, a vibrant and buzzing town near the Bagan Archeological Zone.

Shwenandaw Golden Palace Monastery in Mandalay Myanmar (Burma)

Shwenandaw Golden Palace Monastery

MANDALAY, Myanmar (Burma) – There’s not quite so much of the gold left that once covered the wood, but its ornately carved teak is arguably even more impressive.

Ananda Temple, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Ananda Temple

BAGAN, Myanmar (Burma) – Ananda Temple is one of the most famous, most visited, and most renovated temples in Bagan, and it has been an active place of worship for nearly a millennia.

Buddhist Novice Monks at Sutaungpyei Pagoda, Mandalay Hill, Myanmar (Burma)

On Top of Mandalay Hill, Myanmar

MANDALAY, Myanmar (Burma) – Sitting on top of Mandalay Hill, Sutaungpyei Pagoda features a large patio that offers a wonderful views over Mandalay City and the Ayeyarwaddy.

View from the Terraces of Thisa-wadi Temple, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Thisa-wadi Temple

BAGAN, Myanmar (Burma) – Dating to 1334, Thisa-wadi Temple isn’t the grandest of the thousands of temples, stupas, and pagodas in Bagan, but it is one of a handful where it’s possible (and allowed) to climb on the upper terraces for wonderful views out over the plain of Bagan.

Gold Statue of Gautama Buddha in Htilominlo Temple in Nyaung-U, Myanmar (Burma)

Htilominlo Temple

BAGAN, Myanmar (Burma) — Htilominlo Temple is a large, two-story, 12th-century temple in the northern part of the Bagan plain best known for its ornate stucco decoration.

Buddha Statue at Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda, Sagaing, Myanmar

Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda

SAGAING, Myanmar (Burma) — It’s one of the oldest–and from all appearances, richest–of the many pagodas in Sagaing. Sitting high on top of Nga-pha Hill, it was built in 1312.

Myinkaba Village Market near Bagan

Myinkaba Village’s Morning Market

MYINKABA VILLAGE, Myanmar (Burma) – Tucked away in a narrow dirt side street of Myinkaba Village is the morning market, a little slice of local life.

Reclining Buddha at Dhammayan Gyi Phaya Temple

Dhammayangyi Temple

BAGAN, Myanmar (Burma) – Dating back to the 12th century, Dhammayangyi Temple is the largest temple in Bagan. Just mind the bats!

Sunset at U Bein Bridge, Myanmar

Myanmar’s Scenic U Bein Bridge

AMARAPURA, Myanmar (Burma) — U Bein Bridge has become one of Myanmar’s iconic landmarks. Spanning 3/4 of a mile, the foot bridge is reputed to be the longest teak bridge in the world.

Bagan Nyaung Airport

Nyaung-U Airport

NYAUNG-U, Myanmar (Burma) – If you’re flying to Bagan, this is the airport you’ll fly into. As small as it is, it’s the airport that serves as the gateway to the Bagan region.

OoHminThoneSel Pagoda in Sagaing, Myanmar (Burma)

Oo Hmin Thone Sel Pagoda

SAGAING, Myanmar (Burma) – Oo Hmin Thone Sel Pagoda is an explosion of color, with almost 50 statues of the Buddha looking out from a cave-like crescent from a hilltop in Sagaing.

Carving Marble Statues of the Buddha in Mandalay, Myanmar

The Buddha Statue Workshops of Mandalay

MANDALAY, Myanmar (Burma) – Covered from head to toe with thick white dust, crouching low on their launches, the young men and boys use angle grinders to carve statues of the Buddha out of solid blocks of white marble.

Pictorial Guide to Pagan (1963)

Pictorial Guide to Pagan (Bagan)

BAGAN, Myanmar (Burma) — This guide was produced by the Burmese Ministry of Union Culture in 1963 and contains fascinating historical photographs as well as useful, unique information on the pagodas and temples of Bagan.