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.

Taungbi Village Pagoda, Old Bagan Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar / Burma Travel Update

Since I was there, the situation in Myanmar/Burma has changed a lot. In February 2021, a military coup sparked widespread civil unrest and armed conflict.

The U.S. State Department currently advises: "Do not travel to Burma due to civil unrest and armed conflict." You can find their full travel advisory and security alerts here. And you can find the British Foreign Office's travel advice for Myanmar / Burma here.

I really don’t know much about this temple. It doesn’t appear on any of the maps or guides I’ve come across. There aren’t any signs–at least, not in English–nearby. And there was no-one around to ask.

I came across when out exploring by myself. It sits in an open dirt lot in the middle of Taungbi Village, just to the north of Old Bagan, and well off the main tourist route. Some of the horse and cart rides do pass nearby, but there wasn’t anyone around when I was there.

But its colors and decorations are certainly striking, especially the gold leoglyphs (the lion statues guarding the entrance).

I wasn’t able to go inside–it was all chained up–but will see if I have better luck the next time I’m in the neighborhood.

Photos of Taungbi Village Pagoda

Taungbi Village Pagoda, Old Bagan Myanmar (Burma)
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Taungbi Village Pagoda, Old Bagan Myanmar (Burma)
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Taungbi Village Pagoda, Old Bagan Myanmar (Burma)
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Taungbi Village Pagoda, Old Bagan Myanmar (Burma)
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Taungbi Village Pagoda, Old Bagan Myanmar (Burma)
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Taungbi Village Pagoda, Old Bagan Myanmar (Burma)
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Taungbi Village Pagoda, Old Bagan Myanmar (Burma)
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Taungbi Village Pagoda, Old Bagan Myanmar (Burma)
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Taungbi Village Pagoda, Old Bagan Myanmar (Burma)
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Taungbi Village Pagoda, Old Bagan Myanmar (Burma)
Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel

What to Know Before You Go

This pagoda doesn’t seem to be one that opens to tourists, and when I visited the entrances were chained up. But if you want to find it, it’s deep in Taungbi Village, just to the northeast of Old Bagan, and not all that far from the much better known Htilominlo Temple.

Here it is on a map:

Taungbi Village, Myanmar (Burma)

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