Temples of Myanmar

Stock Photography By Heather Farish

Being a predominantly Buddhist country, Myanmar has temples scattered throughout. Even though there are temples in most cities, towns and villages, the greatest concentration is on the Plain of Bagan. By the end of the 1200s, the Plain of Bagan in Burma contained 4446 temples having been built over 230 years. Earthquakes, floods and thieves have left about 2200 temples and pagodas today.

Mahabodhi Temple in Bagan
Mahabodhi Temple in Bagan
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Sunrise on the Plain of Bagan in Myanmar
Sunrise on the Plain of Bagan
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Thatbyinnyu Temple from Shwegugyi in Bagan
Thatbyinnyu Temple from
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South Buddha statue in Ananda Temple
South Buddha statue in Ananda
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Young monk at Bupaya Temple in Bagan
Young monk at Bupaya Temple in
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Statue in Htilominlo Temple
Statue in Htilominlo Temple
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Temples on the Plain of Bagan from Shweyugyi
Temples on the Plain of Bagan
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Spires of Shwezigon Pagoda in Myanmar
Spires of Shwezigon Pagoda in
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Shwezigon Pagoda
Shwezigon Pagoda
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Mya Theindan Pagoda in Mingun
Mya Theindan Pagoda in Mingun
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Buddhist shrine
Buddhist shrine
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Monk at  Shwenandaw Temple
Monk at Shwenandaw Temple
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Buddhist teak carving
Buddhist teak carving
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Buddhist shrine at Mt Popa
Buddhist shrine at Mt Popa
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Spires of  Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
Spires of Shwedagon Pagoda in
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Three Buddhist prayer bells
Three Buddhist prayer bells
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Gubyaukgyi Temple detail
Gubyaukgyi Temple detail
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Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay
Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay
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Abeyadana Temple from Seinnyet An Temple
Abeyadana Temple from Seinnyet
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Nagayon Temple in Bagan
Nagayon Temple in Bagan
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1. Mahabodhi Temple in Bagan. By the end of the 1200s, the Plain of Bagan in Burma contained 4446 temples having been built over 230 years. Earthquakes, floods and thieves have left about 2200 temples and pagodas today. Built between 1210-1234, Mahabodhi is a smaller replica of the Bodhi Temple in India and is completely covered in niches containing seated Buddha figures.

2. Sunrise on the Plain of Bagan in Myanmar. The Plain of Bagan in Burma was once the capital of several ancient kingdoms of Burma. By the end of the 1200s, being built over 230 years there was supposedly 4446 temples on the plain next to the Irrawaddy River. Earthquakes, floods and thieves have left about 2200 temples and pagodas today. Two temples seen at sunrise from Mingalazedi.

3. Thatbyinnyu Temple from Shwegugyi in Bagan. The Plain of Bagan in Burma was once the capital of several ancient kingdoms of Burma. By the end of the 1200s, being built over 230 years there was supposedly 4446 temples on the plain next to the Irrawaddy River. Earthquakes, floods and thieves have left about 2200 temples and pagodas today. Towering Thatbyinnyu Temple was built in the 11th century.

4. South Buddha statue in Ananda Temple . The Plain of Bagan in Burma was once the capital of several ancient kingdoms of Burma. By the end of the 1200s, being built over 230 years there was supposedly 4446 temples on the plain next to the Irrawaddy River. Earthquakes, floods and thieves have left about 2200 temples and pagodas today. Completed in 1091 by King Kyanzittha, Ananda is 51 m high and contains 4 great golden Buddhas.

5. Young monk at Bupaya Temple in Bagan. The Plain of Bagan in Burma was once the capital of several ancient kingdoms of Burma. By the end of the 1200s, being built over 230 years there was supposedly 4446 temples on the plain next to the Irrawaddy River. Earthquakes, floods and thieves have left about 2200 temples and pagodas today. completed in 850, Bupaya was destroyed by the 1975 earthquake. It has been completely rebuilt since then.

6. Statue in Htilominlo Temple. The Plain of Bagan in Burma was once the capital of several ancient kingdoms of Burma. By the end of the 1200s, being built over 230 years there was supposedly 4446 temples on the plain next to the Irrawaddy River. Earthquakes, floods and thieves have left about 2200 temples and pagodas today. Completed in 1218, Htilominlo conttains large Buddha statues and carved relief above the doors.

7. Temples on the Plain of Bagan from Shweyugyi. Bagan is one of the great archeological temple sites in the world, with some of them visible here.

8. Spires of Shwezigon Pagoda in Myanmar. Bagan in Burma was once the capital of several ancient kingdoms of Burma. By the end of the 1200s, built over 230 years, there was supposedly 4446 temples on the plain next to the Irrawaddy River. Earthquakes, floods & thieves have left about 2200 temples and pagodas today. Shwezigon Pagoda contains severaal bones and hairs of the Buddha. It's a pilgrimage site for Buddhists & shamanic followers.

9. Shwezigon Pagoda. Bagan in Burma was once the capital of several ancient kingdoms of Burma. By the end of the 1200s, built over 230 years, there was supposedly 4446 temples on the plain next to the Irrawaddy River. Earthquakes, floods & thieves have left about 2200 temples and pagodas today. Shwezigon Pagoda contains severaal bones and hairs of the Buddha. It's a pilgrimage site for Buddhists & shamanic followers.

10. Mya Theindan Pagoda in Mingun. Mya Theindan Pagoda, also called Hsinbyume Pagoda is a Buddhist Temple built by Prince Bagyidaw in 1816. Mingun is best known as home to the Mingun Bell, the largest ringing bell in the world.

11. Buddhist shrine. This Buddhist shrine is at Mt Popa near Bagan in Myanmar. Mt Popa is a volcano but is best known as a pilgrimage site for Buddhists as it is home to the Nats, spirits of ancient ancestors. As a result there are many shrines there.

12. Monk at Shwenandaw Temple. Shwenandaw Monastery or Temple near Mandalay is also called the Golden Palace Monastery. Part of the original Royal Palace, it has many carvings in the teak from which it is made.

13. Buddhist teak carving. Shwenandaw Monastery or Temple near Mandalay is also called the Golden Palace Monastery. Part of the original Royal Palace, it has many carvings in the teak from which it is made of which this is one.

14. Buddhist shrine at Mt Popa. This Buddhist shrine is at Mt Popa near Bagan in Myanmar. Mt Popa is a volcano but is best known as a pilgrimage site for Buddhists as it is home to the Nats, spirits of ancient ancestors. As a result there are many shrines there.

15. Spires of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Shwedagon Pagoda is a 98 metre high stupa in Yangon, Burma. gilded in gold, it is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese as it contains relics of the past 4 Buddhas.

16. Three Buddhist prayer bells. Three Buddhist prayer bells at the entrance to Mahamuni Paya or pagoda, southwest of Mandalay in Myanmar. It was built in 1784 by King Bodawpaya to house the Mahamuni Buddha image. This is a 4 metre high bronze statue of the seated Buddha that has since been covered in many layers of gold leaf.

17. Gubyaukgyi Temple detail. Bagan in Burma was once the capital of several ancient kingdoms of Burma. By the end of the 1200s, built over 230 years, there was supposedly 4446 temples on the plain next to the Irrawaddy River. Earthquakes, floods & thieves have left about 2200 temples and pagodas today. Gubyaukgyi Temple has some fine carvings on its exterior.

18. Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay. Kuthodaw Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa in Mandalay an contains the world's largest book. Surrounding the main stupa shown here, are 729 stone inscription caves.

19. Abeyadana Temple from Seinnyet An Temple. The Plain of Bagan in Burma was once the capital of several ancient kingdoms of Burma. By the end of the 1200s, being built over 230 years there was supposedly 4446 temples on the plain next to the Irrawaddy River. Earthquakes, floods and thieves have left about 2200 temples and pagodas today. Abeyadana, meaning abandoned jewel, Temple, in the distance here, was built between 1102 and 1103.

20. Nagayon Temple in Bagan. The Plain of Bagan in Burma was once the capital of several ancient kingdoms of Burma. By the end of the 1200s, being built over 230 years there was supposedly 4446 temples on the plain next to the Irrawaddy River. Earthquakes, floods and thieves have left about 2200 temples and pagodas today. Built by King Kyanzittha, Nagayon itfollows the same plan as Ananda.

 

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