Have you ever dreamed of seeing an exotic state not damaged by mass tourism? I recommend flying to Myanmar. This country in South East Asia boasts old cultural traditions, fabulous beauty, warm climate, sincere and spiritual local people, and exclusive religious architecture. Myanmar has opened its doors to tourists quite recently, for this reason, staying in this country will like those travelers who dream of authenticity, not of the influence of the Western world.
This time, I searched and sorted some info about temples of this country, so I offer you to read about the ten most impressive Myanmar Temples. All of them are stunned by their grandeur and glamor. Get acquainted with them.
Yangon (or Rangoon) is the largest city in Myanmar. It's definitely has a lot of interesting sights but, of course, the pride of the city is Shwedagon Pagoda. This temple is one of the most impressive not only in this city but also in the whole country! It is covered with even 11 tons of gold, and there are full of gemstones in the decorations of the temple.
The last is my our list, but not the worst temple - Gawdawpalin Temple.It is also in Bagan. It is not strange, as Bagan is a city of temples, there are more than 2 thousand of them here! The Gawdawpalin Temple was built in about 1174 and completed in 1227. Its height is 55 meters. An especially beautiful temple of Gawdawalpin looks at night when it is illuminated by bulbs.
The Shwezigon Pagoda is a Buddhist temple located in the suburb of Bagan, Nyaung-U. In the center of the temple, there is a stupa decorated with gold plates and surrounded by much smaller sanctuaries. Buddhists believe that in this pagoda are hidden Buddha's teeth and bones, and therefore the Shwezigon Pagoda is one of the most visited pilgrimage centers throughout Myanmar.
The most mythical temple in Myanmar - Dhammayangyi, located in Bagan. It was built in 1167-1170 by the order of King Naratha. One of the legends tells us that after the death of the king, his soul is seated in this temple. It is believed that Narathu was not a good person, he killed his father, brother, and wife. The killer's soul carries bad karma, so the temple has not been restored until now.
This temple was built in the middle of XII century by King Alaugsith's administration. The Temple of Thatbyinnyu is one of the most visited temples in Bagan. It boasts the highest tower in the whole city! Its height is even 60 meters! The temple can be seen from every corner of Bagan. But that's not all. Thatbyinnyu from other temples is also distinguished by its color. Most of Myanmar's temples are built of red bricks but Thatbyinnyu is surprised by the white-gray facade.
Minnanthu is a small village in the southwest of Bagan. This village boasts a spectacular Sulamani Temple, which is one of the most popular attractions around the country. The temple was built in the 12th century at the end of the reign of King Narapatisith. Interestingly, the design of Sulamani is very similar to the design of the Temple of Thais. The main difference is the color of the bricks.
Manuha Temple is gray, two-story, rectangular temple. Compared to the temples discussed before this, it seems like nothing special, but this is certainly not true. The Manuha Temple is famous for its unique Buddha statues: three sitting and one Buddha who has reached the Nirvana. By the way, the Manuha Temple is one of the oldest in the entire Bagan region. It was built in 1067.