Religious Sites in Myanmar

Ananda Temple (Old Bagan)
Some places more than live up to the hype and the famous Ananda temple is one of them. In terms of architecture, this glowing masterpiece proudly holds the title as the most beautiful and best preserved in Bagan. It’s spires are covered in gold which glows in the sun. It is probably the most revered of the Bagan temples. It has four standing Buddha statues around the outside of the inner passage facing to the four points of the compass. Each of these statues are said to represent different parts of Buddha’s teachings. The base and the terraces are decorated with glazed tiles. Around the inner courtyard are also reliefs that are interesting. Standing up close, the Buddah statues in Ananda appear to scowl. The further you step back, the broader the smile becomes till it becomes a full grin showing a very clever piece of sculpturing. After the construction of the temple, King Kyanzittha executed the architects just to make the style of the temple so unique.
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Andaw Thein Temple

Andaw Thein Temple

is a temple in Mrauk U located at the northwest corner of the Shite-thaung Temple. The name means 'Tooth Shrine'. It contains a tooth relic of the Buddha coming from Sri Lanka. It was first built as an ordination hall between 1515 and 1521 by King Thazata, and restored by Min Bin between 1534 and 1542. It was later expanded into a temple by King Raza II in order to house a tooth relic of the Buddha he brought back from his pilgrimage to Ceylon, either in 1596 or 1606–1607.
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Bandawagiri Lumbini Oo Yin Daw Gyi

Bandawagiri Lumbini Oo Yin Daw Gyi

Inside the Lumbini Garden at the foot of Mount Zwe-gabin, are the wonders of the 1080 Buddha Images.
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Bargaya Monastery
It is located inthe old city of Ava, or Inwa as it is now known. This ancient teak wood monastery is one of the highlights in Ava. Magnificent in its weather aged appearance and decorated with beautiful carvings, this is an ideal place to give your busy soul a peaceful rest
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Bayin Nyi Cave

Bayin Nyi Cave

The Bayin Nyi cave is located north of Hpa-An; the closet notable town is Thaton. As you walk up the hill to the cave, there is a large entrance chamber that is filled with many statues and Buddhas. The cave, said to be about 900 years old is situated in Naungkyant, Thaton District of Mon State. It was first known as Mahapathana Rock cave, and later as Bayin Nyi Cave. On the edges of the rocks of Bayin Nyinaung are the smallpagodas and hot springs at the foot.
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Bodhi Tahtaung Pagoda

Bodhi Tahtaung Pagoda

Bodhi Tahtaung Pagoda in Monywa has one thousand Bodhi Trees and each tree has a large Buddha Image underneath. It was established by Bodhi Tahtaung Sayadaw in 1960s. Po Khaung Taung, a range of hills, lies east of Bodhi Tahtaung Pagoda. The largest reclining Buddha image in the world which is 91 meters long is lying on that hill. This huge image has a hollow cave-like structure inside and you can walk from head to toes. Some of the important events in the life of the Buddha are displaying inside the image.
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Bulethi (Old Bagan)
t is a pagoda to witness Bagan awesome view at 360 degree scenery where you may have all the famous temples at a glance. I really love this pagoda for my first experience at Bagan. Attraction Tip: It is advisable to go during daytime before night as the stairs are very steep and there is no handrail. At the top there are limited space and also no fencing to avoid free fall from the top. It is not advisable for kids, senior citizen and people with weak heart. Please be extra careful when climbing and visiting Bulethi.
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Chan Myae Yeik Thar Meditation Center

Chan Myae Yeik Thar Meditation Center

Chanmyae Yeik Thar functions mainly as a meditation center but it is also a monastery with resident monks who are the meditation teachers. It is for foreigners and Myanmar meditators alike. Foreigners are well catered for and often have their own quarters and schedules.
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Chan Tak Buddhist Temple

Chan Tak Buddhist Temple

South of Pyin Oo Lwin is a large and colorful Chinese temple built by the many Yunanese immigrants to the town. It is close to Thiri Myaing Hotel (originally called Candacraig).
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Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha

Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha

This giant reclining Buddha is located not far from the Shwedagon Pagoda and is one of the largest reclining Buddhas in the world. It is housed in a large open tin shed and its facial expression slightly changes depending on the angle from which you view it. The temple is quiet and restful. There were many worshipers meditating or lying around.
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Chinese Monastery

Chinese Monastery

This Monastery, built in 1999, is situated around 2km from the border of Myanmar and Thailand. The Chinese Monastery is the largest and the most beautiful in Tachileik.
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Dartuzaya Pagoda

Dartuzaya Pagoda

Dartuzaya Pagoda is situated in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital city of Myanmar. Built in 2005, many auspicious religious ceremonies are held within the Pagoda complex
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Dat Taw Taung Cave (Kyaukse)

Dat Taw Taung Cave (Kyaukse)

Dat Taw Taung Cave is situated in Kyaukse, Mandalay Region. Mountain Festival (Dat-taw-taungpwe) is usually held on 14th waxing day and Tabaung full moon day. Buddha images from the caves are worshipped.
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Dhamma Joti Meditation Center

Dhamma Joti Meditation Center

Dhamma Joti was opened in October 1993 with Goenkaji and Mataji present for the first three courses. Goenkaji expressed his happiness at being able to repay the debt of gratitude to Myanmar for maintaining Dhamma in all its purity.
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Dhammayangyi Temple (Old Bagan)
Famous for the largest of them all?, Dhammayangyi Temple is one of the most popular tourist places in Bagan with imposing structure from the outside, and its even more majestic and imposing hallways inside. Long, narrow corridors with an extremely high ceiling will make you feel surreal as if you were in one of the Hollywood films. But this temple has a very dark and grim history. It is built by the sadistic King Narathu who killed his own father, brother, and his queen. Legends say building of this temple was so demanding. The tyrant king mandated the mortar less brickwork fit together so tightly so that even a pin couldn?t pass between any two bricks. If a pin could penetrate in between the bricks, then the slaves were killed assumed as they lack of efficient work. Locals believe that the temple is haunted with the sin of those killings.
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Dipakaya Temple

Dipakaya Temple

This temple was built in 1892. It is made up of nine roofs decorated with old Mon-Myanmar architecture handiwork. Moreover, it has two interesting standing Buddha images. These images are made with each log.
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Gawdawpalin Temple (Old Bagan)
Famous for the temple of forgiveness?, Gawdawpalin was built in 1175 by King Narapatisithu. History says that the King has committed a terrible crime against his ancestors and as punishment went blind until he came to give his regards and his forebears made, paid obeisance in atonement for his misdemeanor. Gawdawpalin is counted as one of the largest shrines of Bagan. The temple is a double-storeyed temple in the late style. It is square in plan, with porticoes on all four sides, but with the eastern portico projecting further than the others. In the ground storey, a vaulted corridor runs around a central block against whose four sides are placed images of the Buddha.
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Grottes de Po Win Daung

Grottes de Po Win Daung

Po Win Daung's sandstone caves are filled with Buddha statues in various styles, most of them are in Innwa (Ava) style, and lots of murals. It is accessible from Monywa either by direct road over the new bridge or by a ferry across the Chindwin and then taking a jeep at the scenic Nyaungbin village.
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Gubyaukgyi Temple (Old Bagan)

Gubyaukgyi Temple (Old Bagan)

This 13th Centry temple is built in Indian style with its spires and has some of the best preserved frescoes all arund the walls and ceilings of the same period. It is wonderful to see the Indian style figurines on the walls . With a flashlight you can see the frescoes rather well. The stucco work on the exterior walls is in very good condition making this temple a must to see when in Bagan
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Hinthargone Pagoda

Hinthargone Pagoda

Just behind the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, there is a magnificent view of Bago from the hilltop. Believed to be the tiny-spot of legendary source, the hillock is decorated with a small shrine and a symbolic figure of the female Hamsa bird perching on the back of the male one.
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Hlay Khwin Taung Pagoda

Hlay Khwin Taung Pagoda

Located in Pyinmana, near the Paung Laung Dam, the Pagoda is one of the historical sites in this region. Just 30 minutes drive from Nay Pyi Taw, the capital city and on both sides of the straight road to the Pagoda in Hlay Khwin Taung, are the many teak trees and paddy fields. Although the Pagoda is on a 700 meter high hillock, the stairways are easy climbs up for the travelers.
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Hmya Tha Umin Temple

Hmya Tha Umin Temple

These twin cave-temples are about half a mile southeast of Nyaung Oo and are subterranean passages which were used as monasteries of the Buddhist monks in the almost torrid climate of Bagan.
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Hnet Htat Sintu Temple

Hnet Htat Sintu Temple

Hnet Htat Sintu Temple meaning “encased images”, is a double storey zedi with twin Buddha Images on the top.
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Ho Nam Monastery

Ho Nam Monastery

Ho Nam monastery is situated on the way to Tarlay Lang Tong Buddha Image and you can pay homage to the relics of Buddha and very big Buddha Image.
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Ho Pone

Ho Pone

Ho Pone is believed to be an ancient town and the residents are mainly Shan and Pa-O. It is located 12 miles (19km) away from Taunggyi on the way to Hten San Cave. The most famous religious site is the Shwechanthar Pagoda and Ho Pone pond is also a beautiful spot.
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Hsinbyume or Myatheindan Pagoda

Hsinbyume or Myatheindan Pagoda

Three years before King Bagyidaw succeeded to the throne, he built this Pagoda in 1816, in memory of his senior wife the sinbyume Princess. As a representation of the Sulamani Pagoda and in accordance to the Buddhist cosmology, the Pagoda stands atop Mount Meru.
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Htam Pagoda

Htam Pagoda

20km far from Taunggyi, located at Hti Han village, and on the way to Kakku Pagoda. There are about 200 pagodas which dated to 17th Century AD and inside are the Buddha images of several sizes.
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Hten San Cave

Hten San Cave

Hten San Cave is located 26 miles (42km) from Taunggyi, the capital city of Shan State; and 10 miles (16km) from Hopone city. It is a natural limestone cave at 1800 meter above sea level.
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Htilominlo Pahto (Myin Kabar)

Htilominlo Pahto (Myin Kabar)

This large temple was built by King Nantaungmya in 1218. Situated close to the road between Nyaung U and Bagan. The name is a misreading of the Pali word for 'Blessings of the Three Worlds'. Nantaungmya erected the temple on this spot because it was here that he was chosen, from among five brothers, to be the crown prince. The legendary saying is that, the five princes were standing in a circle and the white umbrella in the middle. The white umbrella would bend to the prince to become king and he was chosen. Inside the 46-metre-high temple, which is similar in design to Sulamani Pahto, there are four Buddhas on the lower and upper floors. Traces of old murals are also still visible. Fragments of the original fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations have survived on the outside. The doorways feature nice carved reliefs.
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Immanuel Baptist Church

Immanuel Baptist Church

Immanuel Baptist Church is located in the center of Yangon just next to the Mahabandoola Garden. Founded in 1885 but destroyed during the World War II; the present Church was rebuilt in 1952.
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Jom Kham Monastery

Jom Kham Monastery

It is one of the old monasteries situated in Kyaing Tong. You can see many ancient Buddha images inside the monastery.
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Jom Kham Pagoda

Jom Kham Pagoda

Jom Kham or Jom Taung Pagoda is situated in Kyaing Tong. It was built over 1100 years ago. Sacred hair relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined in it.
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Kabar Aye Pagoda

Kabar Aye Pagoda

The Pagoda was built during 11th Century and located 21km east of Kyaing Tong, the capital city of the Golden Triangle Region. In dedication to “World Peace“, the Pagoda is also named Kaba Aye which has the same meaning.
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Kakku Pagodas

Kakku Pagodas

Kakku Pagodas are Asia's largest and most spectacular wonders. The Pagoda complex has over 2,400 stupas with origins dating back many centuries. Kakku is about 33 miles (53km) from Taunggyi, Shan State.
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Kalyarni Sima

Kalyarni Sima

Sima or Ordination Halls are the essential buildings for the Buddhist Order. This Kalyarni Sima was built by King Dhammazeddi during 15th Century. The remarkable fact is that it was erected in the form of Kalyarni Sima of Sri-Lanka and 10 lithic inscriptions of its vicinity recount, a detailed linkage of Myanmar and Sri-Lanka in religious affairs.
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Kaung Mu Lone Pagoda
Situated on the east bank of Malikha River in Machanbaw Township, Putao, Kachin State. This Pagoda is one of the most ancient Pagodas in Northern Myanmar.
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Kaungmudaw Pagoda

Kaungmudaw Pagoda

This huge Pagoda is located 10km north of Sagaing. The dome rises 46m (151ft) in the shape of a perfect hemisphere and was modeled after the Mahaceti Pagoda of the Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Also known as Rajamanisula, the Pagoda was built to commemorate the establishment of Inwa as the royal capital of Myanmar. Around the base of the Pagoda are stone pillars, each of which measures 1.5 meter high.
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Kheng Hock Keong Chinese Temple

Kheng Hock Keong Chinese Temple

Located on the corner of Sintodan Street and Strand Road in Latha Township, Yangon, Myanmar, is the largest and oldest Chinese Buddhist and Taoist temple dedicated to the Chinese goddess Mazu. It was originally built as a wooden temple in 1861 and completed in 1863. A new brick building was constructed in 1903.
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Koe Thaung Temple

Koe Thaung Temple

is the largest temple in Mrauk U, Myanmar. The name means "Temple of 90,000 Buddha Images". The temple was built between 1554 and 1556 by King Dikkha.
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Koethaung Pagoda

Koethaung Pagoda

Koethaung means 90,000 and significantly named for the number of Buddha Image. To the north of the Pisei Hill at a distance of 400 yards is the Koethaung Pagoda. The King Mintaikkha who was the son of the King Minbin, the donor of the great Shitthaung Pagoda, built this Pagoda in AD 1553.
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Kuthodaw Paya
It's known for being home to the world?s largest book and the entire script of Tripitaka Theravada, the most sacrosanct script in Buddhism. Kuthodaw Paya was built during the late 1800?s by King Mingon and is a location situated at the bottom of the Mandalay Hill. The whole compound is covered with white pagodas, star-flower trees and their Jasmine-like fragrance. In the cool shade under these trees, the sight of children picking the flowers to make star flower chains for the Buddha or to wear in their hair is a truly peaceful and beautiful.
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Kya Khat Wain Monastery

Kya Khat Wain Monastery

Kya Khat Wain Monastery is one of the three largest Monasteries in the country. The long line of monks and novices taking their day’s meal in silence is a pious vision for the lay people.
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Kyaik Htee Yo (Golden Rock) Pagoda
A well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Myanmar. It is a small pagoda (7.3 metres (24 ft)) built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha's hair. The balancing rock seems to defy gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill.
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Kyaik Khauk Pagoda (Thanlyin)

Kyaik Khauk Pagoda (Thanlyin)

The Kyaik Khauk Pagoda, similar to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, is built on a hillock on the road to Kyauk Tan from Yangon.
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Kyaik Pun Buddha Images

Kyaik Pun Buddha Images

Kyaik Pun Pagoda has four gigantic Buddha Images all in sitting posture facing the four cardinal points of the compass. This Pagoda, built by King Dhamma Zedi in AD 1476 is only a few hundred feet off the Yangon-Bago road.
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Kyaik Than Lan Pagoda
Located at the Mawlamyine Hill, Kyaik-than-lan was the pagoda that the famous English poet Rudyard kipling wrote about in his poem “Mandalay” which opens with the line: By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin lazy at the sea”. pagoda was erected in 875 A.D. during the reign of King Mutpi Raja. A hair relic of the Buddha, Tripitaka manuscripts and gold images of the Buddha were enshrined in the pagoda. Successive kings including King Anawrahta, founder of the Bagan Dynasty, raised the pagoda higher, from 56 feet to the present 150 feet.
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Kyaikmaraw Su Taung Pyae Pagoda

Kyaikmaraw Su Taung Pyae Pagoda

The main Buddha image sits in the position of the legs hanging down as if sitting on a chair. The name Kyaikmaraw stands for Distinctive Image, where the sitting position of the Buddha Image differs from the others. Kyaikmaraw Pagoda is the later period Mon style structure built by Queen Shin Saw Pu in 1455.
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Kyauk Ka Lat Pagoda
It is a rock formation with a golden stupa on the top, situated near Hpa-an in Kayin State. Kyauk Ka Lat is built on a small island in the middle of a lake. It is surrounded by Karst mountains and cultivated land. From Kyauk Ka Lat you have a great view of the surrounding area and Zwekabin mountain.
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Kyauk Kan Luck Pagoda

Kyauk Kan Luck Pagoda

Kyauk Kan Luck Pagoda is located in Hpa An, Kayin State. The Pagoda, with its balanced rock on top of other rocks is set in the middle of the lake. It has also become an interesting tourist destination in Hpa An.
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Kyauk Phyu Gyi Buddha Image

Kyauk Phyu Gyi Buddha Image

The Pagoda Image is just one km south of Nyaung Shwe, facing the east in Nanthe village which is inhabited by Intha people.
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Kyauktalon Taung and Yadana Taung, Mudon
Mudon is the first major town south of Mawlamyine on the way to Thanbyuzayat, Kyaikkami and Setse Beach. Most travellers from Mawlamyine to these destinations would bypass Mudon altogether, preferring to stop 5 km earlier at Kyauktalon Taung and Yadana Taung, whilst visiting Win Sein Taw Ya, the largest reclining Buddha image in the world. Here you will find monkeys and more monkeys. Those are quite similar to their cousins in Ubud, Bali of Indonesia. But beware as the monkeys here are often hungry and if they sense that you have food on you, they will steal it from you. Kyauktalon Taung is an interesting flat rock formation 300 feet in height with a Buddhist shrine situated on top. Although reminding you of Mt. Popa in central Myanmar, the outcrop is geologically different being made of limestone rather than volcanic rock. Access to the shrine at top appears requires you to climb steep steps. Just opposite Kyauktalon Taung is Yadana Taung and the entrance to a Hindu temple where literally hundreds of monkeys roam about freely. Kyauktalon Taung with a Buddhist temple and Yadana Taung with a hindu temple clearly demonstrate the racial harmony in the region.
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Kyauktawgyi Pagoda

Kyauktawgyi Pagoda

The Kyauktawgyi Pagoda was built by King Bagan in 1847 on the model of the Ananda Temple in Bagan. It closely resembles the Ananda in exterior form but it falls short of the latter in construction and interior decoration. There is one principal image carved out of a single block of sagyin marble. Mandalay has a pagoda with the same name.
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Lang Taung Pagoda

Lang Taung Pagoda

This pagoda is situated 60km from Tachileik and 15km from Tarlay. You can see Myanmar-Thai architecture.
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Lawka Man Aung Pagoda

Lawka Man Aung Pagoda

Lawka Man Aung Pagoda is known to be one of the five most revered “Mann” paya (Pagoda) of Mrauk U.
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Lawka Man Aung Wish Granting Pagoda

Lawka Man Aung Wish Granting Pagoda

It is the most ancient Pagoda in Myitkyina, Kachin State, built by King Alaung Sithu who enshrined Buddha’s relics which he got, while on tour of the country, north of Thayagon village on the west bank of Ayeyarwaddy, south of Namhsan Creek.
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Lawkananda Pagoda

Lawkananda Pagoda

This Pagoda is situated in Sittwe. It stands 162ft (49m) high and 232ft (71m) wide. The pagoda platform is 459ft (140m) wide and it has 8 side stupas.It was built in 1999.
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Legyun Simee Pagoda (Myeik)

Legyun Simee Pagoda (Myeik)

Legyun Simee Pagoda was built atop the mountain in Myeik, Tanintharyi Region, enshrining three Buddha relics accompanying gold, silver and bronze replicas, in a structure 18 cubits wide and 32 cubits high, in Sakarit 1093.
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Loi Mwe Catholic Church

Loi Mwe Catholic Church

This Church was built in 1929. You can experience sightseeing of Loi Mwe Lake in the surrounding of Loi Mwe village.
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Lwe Tain Khan Standing Buddha Image

Lwe Tain Khan Standing Buddha Image

This Buddha Image is located on top of Lwe Tain Khan hill. The 82ft (25m) high standing Buddha Image lends a certain dignity to Muse. The Image was consecrated in 2005, organized by the venerable monks and high officials.
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Maelamu Pagoda

Maelamu Pagoda

A wonder land of spire pagodas and sculptured figures located in North Okkalapa, which is about 20 minute drive from the city centre. Maelamu Pagoda is famous for the giant images depicting Buddha’s earlier lives and a few mins drive away from the airport.
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Maha Ant-htoo-kan-thar Pagoda

Maha Ant-htoo-kan-thar Pagoda

The building of this Pagoda has a history of its own. The reason was that three marble Buddha Images sculpted in Mandalay were being transported to their planned destination in China. On this journey, one of the Buddha statues fell from the lorry and could not be reloaded due to its weight. After many attempts, this Image was left behind and the other two were taken on their way. At this place, a Pagoda was built for the travelers to pay homage.
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Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery
If you are in Inwa/Ava, this should be on your itinerary - (re-)build of bricks in a nice contrast to the other teak monasteries. Good for views of the Irrawaddy bridges and many golden pagodas on Sagaing Hill on the other side of the river.It was so interesting to see the preparations for the monks' lunch and to see where they lived and prayed. However, please remember this is first and foremost a home and religious centre and must be treated with due respect.
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Maha Pasana Cave

Maha Pasana Cave

Maha Pasana Cave is a huge man-made cave, 455ft (139m) in length, 375ft (114m) wide. The Sixth Buddhist Synod was held in this cave which coincided with the 2500 thAnniversary of Buddha’s Enlightenment.
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Mahamuni Pagoda
This is a replica of the Maha Muni Image at Mandalay. The Seindon Mibaya-gyi, a prominent Queen of King Mindon from Mandalay, went to live mawlamyine after the Annexation. She and other members of the Myanmar Royal Family who were in Mawlamyine, felt a great longing to pay homage to the Maha Muni Image, and they arranged for a replica to be made in 1904. The nearby monastery named after its donor, the Seindon Mibaya kyaung has some excellent wood-carvings which are over a hundred years old.
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Mahamuni Paya (Paya Gyi)
“Maha” means large, “muni” sitting and “Paya” means pagoda. Mahamuni Paya is one of those incredible sites that you absolutely have to witness in your lifetime, and is very revered by pilgrims around all Myanmar and other parts of Southeast Asia. Everyday, this age old ritual occurs between 4.30 and 5.00 am, and is a spiritual and religious ceremony that partakes of washing of the Buddha’s face. The site is beyond magical and magnificient. Mahamuni pagoda is the most important of all the religious places in Mandalay. It is not a pagoda but an image of the Lord Buddha, believed to have been cast in the Buddha’s lifetime in the very presence of the Buddha according to the tradition. The thickness of gold clad on the Buddha face from people applying golden leaf on it is just truly unbelievable if you think of how poor the country is. Unlike most pagodas in Myanmar, men (only) can get close and touch the Buddha. There is also a museum in the complex and a small building that contains five bronze Khmer statues taken from Angkor Wat.
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Mahamuni Thon Phaya Buddha Image

Mahamuni Thon Phaya Buddha Image

A replica of Mahamuni in Mandalay is the Kyaikpaw law Image of Gangaw in Kyaikhto, Mon State. The image was cast in 1894 by a pious couple U Ant and Daw Goon.
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Mahasi Meditation Center

Mahasi Meditation Center

Buddha Sasana Nuggaha Organization was founded in 1947 in Myanmar with the objective of propagating the Buddha Sasana through scripture learning and the practice of Vipassana meditation. Non-profit in character, the Mahasi Meditation Center is operated with subscriptions from its members and voluntary donations from devout Buddhists throughout the country.
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Makhaya Old Capital

Makhaya Old Capital

Situated in Mandalay Region, before you reach to Sintkaing Township, there is a junction to go to the old capital. Shwezigon Pagoda, old palace wall and ancient pagodas and temples can be seen.
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Man Paya (Salay)

Man Paya (Salay)

Man Paya is located in Salay, the largest lacquer Buddha image in Myanmar, said to date back to 13th Century. Salay is a colorful old religious center in Central Myanmar it is about 1 ½ hours south of Bagan.
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Mangala Man Aung (Mungalamanaung) Pagoda

Mangala Man Aung (Mungalamanaung) Pagoda

Mungalamanaung Pagoda is known to be one of the five most revered “Mann” paya of Mrauk U. It is a solid conical pagoda situated in north of the Mungala Gate built by King Oggabala in 1685.
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Mansu Pagoda

Mansu Pagoda

Located on a hill to the western side of Theinni Road, Shan State and it is over 250 years old.
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Manuha Temple (Myinkaba)
The temple has a very unique structure, and an even more intriguing history. The name “Manuha” was given after the captive Mon king from Thaton. The Buddha statues all seem too large for their enclosures, and their cramped, uncomfortable positions are said to represent the stress and lack of comfort the ‘captive king’ had to endure. It is said that only the reclining Buddha, in the act of entering nibbana, has a smile on its face, showing that for Manuha only death was a release from his suffering. This is one of the first places that Aung San Suu Kyi visited when she was released from the house-arrest.
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Martyrs Mausoleum

Martyrs Mausoleum

It is a memorable place of Myanmar National Leaders. It represents the constant reminder of great Myanmar National Leader, General Aung San and his fellow cabinet members who were assassinated on July 19, 1947. (It opens only once a year on Martyrs’ Day)
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Mawtinson Pagoda

Mawtinson Pagoda

It is the most revered pagoda in Ayeyarwaddy Region. Following the Pathein River till the Andaman Sea, is Cape Mawtin (Mawtinson), where the well-known Pagoda Festival during the month of Tabodwe (February, March) is annually held.
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Montawa Cave

Montawa Cave

It is situated 2 miles (3km) west of Taunggyi and accessible by car. Being on the wall of the mountain, it is a long deep cave with narrow entrance. There are about 1000 Buddha images inside the cave. There are no evidences to prove how long and how deep it is.
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Mt. Zwe Kabin

Mt. Zwe Kabin

Limestone mountain, Mt. Zwe Kabin, is located 11km south of Hpa An, Kayin State, and at 723m is also a home of the spirits and saintly souls. Mt. Zwekabin is one of the most sacred mountains in the country and there is a pagoda that sits atop it. At the base of the mountain are 1,080 Buddha images that are hand-carved into the rock.
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Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Yes. You are reading it right. Judaism in the midst of downtown Yangon. It is just fascinating to find a synagogue in the midst of the Indian/Chinese part of Yangon. Dating from 1896, this is the only Jewish temple remaining in the city.
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Mway Taw Kat Ku Pagoda

Mway Taw Kat Ku Pagoda

Kakku Pagoda is thought to have been built in the 16th century but was only recently uncovered after being hidden for centuries in the wooded hills south of the town of Taunggyi. The pagoda consists of about one square kilometer of land crammed with more than 2000 stupas. It can be reached via Taunggyi or during dry season, you can make a trekking tour directly over the mountains from Inle Lake.
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Mya Sein Taung Pagoda

Mya Sein Taung Pagoda

The pagoda was built on the hill to the north-east of Taunggyi in 1962. The stupa has a height of 27ft (8m) and the Buddha statue inside is 9ft 9in (3m) high. It is the bronze statue and the weight is 1800 vises. The mountain being situated 5000ft (1524m) above sea level, beautiful northern view of Taunggyi can be seen from the top of it.
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Mya Tha Lun Pagoda

Mya Tha Lun Pagoda

Steaming into Magway, the riverine traveller is greeted by the sight of the Mya Tha Lun Pagoda glinting serenely from the summit of the Naguttama hillock by the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River.
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Myin Ma Hti Cave

Myin Ma Hti Cave

The winding complex of natural caves and tunnels is filled to bursting point with Buddha Images in an astonishing variety of shapes and sizes. The Myin Ma Hti cave is 1028ft (313m) long from the entrance.
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Nann Khan Pagoda

Nann Khan Pagoda

It is located near Nam Khan beside Muse-Nam Khan Road. It was said to be built by King Anawrahta. 120ft (36m) high original stupa had been renovated in 1780. There is also a 42ft (13m) long reclining Buddha Image.
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Nee Paya (Bamboo Buddha Image)

Nee Paya (Bamboo Buddha Image)

It lies in Pinmagon Monastery of Pinmagon Village, Kalaw Township, south of Shan State. It was estimated to be established in First Inn-wa Period over 500 years ago. It is eight feet four inches high. It is noted for its longevity, its prevention of fire, and its wish granting powers.
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Nga Phe Chaung Monastery (Jumping Cat Monastery)

Nga Phe Chaung Monastery (Jumping Cat Monastery)

Nga Phe Chaung Monastery is an attractive wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake at the end of the 1850s. Cats living at that monastery jump through hoops. The monastery is also known for a collection of old Myanmar’s Buddha images from different areas that are worth seeing.
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Nga Yant Min Cave

Nga Yant Min Cave

It is situated at Yankin Hill, about 5 miles (8km) east of Mandalay and 884ft (269m) above the sea level. It is said that the figure of the Buddha to be, the king of the fish was put in the cave and belived to get rain when there was a drought
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Ngarmyethnar Temple

Ngarmyethnar Temple

Ngarmyethnar Temple means “the temple with five faces”. In Bagan, many temples have four faces and place four Buddha Images inside. This represents the four Buddhas: Kakusandra, Gaunagamana, Kassapa and Gotama. But there are also some temples with five entrances, which represents a place for the next Buddha to be, known as the “Arimadara”.
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Padamya Zedi Pagoda

Padamya Zedi Pagoda

The Padamya Zedi Pagoda dates from 1300 while the Umin Thonesè or Thirty Caves Pagoda has many Buddha images in a crescent shaped colonnade. Mural paintings can be seen in the Tilawkaguru cave temple, which was built around 1672. At the nearby village of Ywahtaung, you can see silver workers producing bowls and other silver items by traditional methods.
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Pahtodawgyi Pagoda

Pahtodawgyi Pagoda

Pahtodawgyi Pagoda lies in the north of Taungthaman Lake at Amarapura, south of Mandalay with Buddha relics by King Bagyidaw. It is the best preserved pagoda among the numerous religious buildings around Amarapura.
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Peik Chin Myaung Cave (Maha Nandamu Cave)

Peik Chin Myaung Cave (Maha Nandamu Cave)

This cave is located near Wetwun village, 12 miles (19km) north east of Pyin Oo Lwin and it is 3 miles south of the village, easily accessible by car. The cave is at the entrance to the Peik Chin Myaung ravine, with many beautiful springs. When the rocks in the cave began to form, the place was under seawater.
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Pha Lian Monastery

Pha Lian Monastery

This monastery is situated in Kyaing Tong. You can observe the donations to Buddha by locals and study monk’s practices and learn Buddha’s literature.
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Phar Auk Taw Ya Monastery

Phar Auk Taw Ya Monastery

Phar Auk Forest Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in the Theravàda tradition, with emphasis on the teaching and practice of both Samatha (tranquility) and Vipassanà (insight) meditation. Situated in a forest along the Taung Nyo Mountain range in Mon State, Myanmar, the monastery provides a conducive setting for the practice of long-term, intensive meditation.
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Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is situated in Inlay Lake in Shan State. One of the most dazzling and magical places in Asia. Is is a famous principal shrines in Myanmar and it houses five small Buddha images.
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Pyi Taw Aye Pagoda

Pyi Taw Aye Pagoda

At the top of the hill overlooking the harbour is the Pyi Taw Aye Pagoda, unlike many other Myanmar temples, you can walk inside and under the main stupa. It was originally built in 1949 to a height of only 16.5ft (5m), and later raised to its current structure of 70ft (21m).
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Pyin Oo Lwin

Pyin Oo Lwin

Pyin Oo Lwin is located over 1000 metres above sealevel. It is a popular hill station about 69km away from Mandalay (3 hours drive). It became the summer capital for the British colonial administration, it held its role until the end of the British rule in 1948.
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Ratana-pon

Ratana-pon

is a solid stupa in Mrauk U, Rakhine State, Western Myanmar. The pagoda is located at the northwest corner of the Shite-thaung Temple. The name means 'Pile of Jewels'. According to local legends, it is said to have jewels and images enshrined in the central stupa but none have ever been found. It was built in 1612 by King Min Khammoung and his wife.
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Saddar (Saddan) Cave

Saddar (Saddan) Cave

Saddar Cave is place of religious icons in an interesting underground environment. The pilgrimage nature of the cave is evident in the many small shrines and Buddhist iconography that greet you at the entrance.
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Saint Mary's Cathedral

Saint Mary's Cathedral

Saint Mary's Cathedral really stands out among so many Buddhist temples and pagodas in Myanmar. This Roman Catholic church with amazing architectural features is definitely worth a look. Masses of stained glass all replaced after the last cyclone.
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Sand Pagoda Festival (Throughout the country)

Sand Pagoda Festival (Throughout the country)

One of the traditional festivals of the month Tabaung (March) is the festival of the pagoda or stupa on the broad sand banks along the river of the locality. It falls on the full moon day of the month, Tabaung. During the Pagoda festival, there are shopping malls where the visitors from adjacent villages buy and sell. The free shows of Theatrical troupes, dancing troupe and marionette troupe are engaged.
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Sanda Muni Paya
The Sandamuni Pagoda is located to the southeast of Mandalay Hill and bears a resemblance to the nearby Kuthodaw pagoda because of the large number of slender whitewashed ancillary stupas on the grounds. The Sanda Muni Paya also features 1774 marble slabs which include the commentaries and sub-commentaries on the Tipitaka, the Three Baskets of Buddha’s teachings. It is very similar to Kuthodaw pagoda but they are much closer to each other and I liked this pagoda more.
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Sandalwood Kyaung Dawyar Pagoda

Sandalwood Kyaung Dawyar Pagoda

It is located in Pwintbyu Township, Minbu District, Magway Region. It was said that Buddha and five hundred Arahatas in Sasana Sakarit 124 (610 BC) come to Sandalwood Monastery to preach Dhamma to the disciples. In Sakarit 485 (Sasana Sakarit 1640) King Alaung Sithu came up on the place while on tour of the nation. He built the Sandalwood Pagoda at the Sandalwood Monastery site.
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Sandamuni Pagoda

Sandamuni Pagoda

The Sandamuni Pagoda is located to the southeast of Mandalay Hill and bears a resemblance to the nearby Kuthodaw pagoda because of the large number of slender whitewashed ancillary stupas on the grounds.
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Sapada Pagoda

Sapada Pagoda

Sapada Pagoda stands in a triangle plot at the junction of the roads leading to Nyaung Oo. Sapada Pagoda is locally known as “Paya Ni”. The two pagodas were modeled on the design of Stupa Rama Pagoda in Anuraddha Pura in Sri Lanka.
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Satuyatha Thumingala Pagoda

Satuyatha Thumingala Pagoda

It was built in 1990 and you can see Loi Mwe Lake and experience sightseeing on the hill.
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Saw Mon Hla Pagoda

Saw Mon Hla Pagoda

Saw Mon Hla Pagoda is located in Sel Leun village near Muse - Nan Khan road. This pagoda was built in 1933 in Sel Leun village; native of Queen Saw Mon Hla who was the daughter of Chieftain Sel Leun Setsagphonepha and Queen of the famous king Anawrahta of Bagan.
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Seddana Pagoda

Seddana Pagoda

Seddana Pagoda is a pagoda on the medieval Sinhalese design, has a bell-shaped dome on a circular base. This large, bell-shaped pagoda is set on four square terraces, each fronted by a standing Buddha image in brick-and-stucco. On each side of the terraces, at the base of the pagoda, there are 39 images of elephants making a total of 156 elephants.
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Sehtatgyi Pagoda

Sehtatgyi Pagoda

Sehtatgyi Pagoda is situated near the famous Shwesandaw Pagoda at Pyay. Sehtatgyi means 'Big Tenstorey' for its height.
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Seinnyet Sisiters Temple

Seinnyet Sisiters Temple

Said to have been built by Seinnyet Queen in the 11th Century AD. But the design appears to belong to the later Myanmar style of 13th Century. It is a square temple with four entrances through projecting porches, the main one facing west.
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Shin Pyu Shin Hla Pagoda

Shin Pyu Shin Hla Pagoda

Shin Pyu Shin Hla Pagoda, 123ft (37m) in height was built by the powerful King Mani Sithu of Bagan, in AD 1095. It received its name from the fact that two images of the Buddha, called Shin Pyu and Shin Hla respectively, were interned in the pagoda by this king.
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Shitthaung Pagoda (Shite-thaung Temple)

Shitthaung Pagoda (Shite-thaung Temple)

Shitthaung or “temple of the 80,000 Buddhas” is located about half a mile to the north of the palace site and it was built by Minbargyi, one of the most powerful kings of the Mrauk U Dynasty. It is an ancient temple in Mrauk U of northern Rakhine State, Myanmar.
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Shwe Ann Daw Pagoda

Shwe Ann Daw Pagoda

This pagoda lies atop of Mount Wathura (Pathura) at Thandwe, where the relics of Buddha were enshrined.
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Shwe Ba Hill

Shwe Ba Hill

Shwe Ba Hill, just beyond Pho Win Hill in Monywa, features unique pavilions cut from the surrounding sandstone and filled with plain Buddha images. It is on the west bank of Chindwin River. There, temples and caves are curved out of volcanic rocks and inside walls of some caves are decorated with 13th Century / 18th Century mural paintings.
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Shwe Bo Myao Daunt Pagoda

Shwe Bo Myao Daunt Pagoda

Located at Shwe Bo, 64 miles (103km) north of Mandalay on the motor and railroad to MyitkyinaIt, it was built by King Alaungpaya in 1757. When he conquered Bago, he visited to the most venerable Shwemawdaw Pagoda in lower Myanmar. Therefore he constructed the pagoda to the same architecture as Shwemawdaw. This pagoda is 30ft (9m) high and construction period took ten months only.
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Shwe Bonthar Muni Pagoda

Shwe Bonthar Muni Pagoda

This pagoda is situated at Pan Daung near Pyay. According to legend, the Shwe Bonthar Muni Buddha Image was one of the three replicas of the Maha Myat Muni Buddha Image, which was believed to have been about 554 BCE during the reign of King Sandar Thuriya.
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Shwe Gu Gyi Pagoda

Shwe Gu Gyi Pagoda

It is located on the west of the railways compound and between wards Zay Cho and Hman Dan, there is a temple called Shwe Gu Gyi (Golden Big Cave). One contemporary inscritpiton found at the cave temple mentioned that the ruin left by King Narapati Sithu (AD 1174) was repaired by the crown Prince.
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Shwe Gu Ni Pagoda

Shwe Gu Ni Pagoda

The Shwe Gu Ni Pagoda is located about 20 miles (32km) east of Monywa. The Buddha image in the pagoda is offered (stick) by gold foils and the face of the Buddha image could not be made out very easily. Typical black and gold lacquerware from nearby Kyaukka is the pagoda festival’s specialty.
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Shwe Indein Pagoda

Shwe Indein Pagoda

Indein is one of the small villages of Inlay Lake located on the western bank of the lake. A Buddha Image has been enshrined at a whitewashed stupa, which is on the summit of a hill. Below the stupa around the hill are cluster of hundreds of ancient stupas.
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Shwe Ku Pagoda

Shwe Ku Pagoda

Shwe Ku Pagoda is one of the famous pagodas in Pakokku. It is famous for its wood carving and housing a Buddha image seated on a lotus throne.
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Shwe Kyat Kya Pagoda

Shwe Kyat Kya Pagoda

Shwe Kyat Kya Pagoda reverely situated at the side of Ayeyarwaddy river bank in Sagaing. It is one of the loveliest spots on the river, with a view of the green Sagaing hills on the opposite side.
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Shwe Kyat Yet Pagoda

Shwe Kyat Yet Pagoda

Shwe Kyat Yet Pagoda lies on Shwe Kyat Yet Hill in Sagaing Region, also known as Mandagiri while embryo Buddha was reborn as a rooster king in his early incarnation. It is said to be one of the 84,000 pagodas built by King Thiri Dhamma Thawka in 218 BC.
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Shwe Kyin Paya Gyi Pagoda

Shwe Kyin Paya Gyi Pagoda

This pagoda of Shwe Kyin, a town in Bago Region is famous for its festival, the candles floating along the Shwe Kyin River annually in Thadingyut, Myanmar month, which coincides with October.
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Shwe Laik Tu Temple

Shwe Laik Tu Temple

Shwe Laik Tu Temple was built during the 13th Century. It is located in the southwest part of Wetkyi-Inn Village. Inside the temple, there are some remains of the ancient mural paintings of Bagan period.
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Shwe Mohtaw Pagoda

Shwe Mohtaw Pagoda

Shwe Mohtaw Pagoda is nearby Shwe Kyat Yet Pagoda and Shwe Kyat Kya Pagoda, located across the river from Sagaing.
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Shwe Myet Man Buddha Image

Shwe Myet Man Buddha Image

It is situated in a town called Shwedaung, near Pyay in Bago Division. It is on the way to Pyay, about 14km south of Pyay. There is a large , white-faced sitting Buddha Image inside the main shrine. The Budhha image wears a gargantuan set of eyeglasses with gold-plated rims. Coming from Yangon, it is located on the left side of the road. The glasses were known to be first added to the images during the Konbaung Era, when a nobleman offered them to the temple in an attempt to stimulate local faith through curiosity. Soon, rumours like the image is capable of curing any kind of diseases, especially afflictions linked to the eyes. The rumours made locals from all over the country crowded at this temple. The large spectacles were stolen once, and then the image wears a second pair, donated by the locals nearby. The image was later enshrined to protect from thieves. A third pair of glasses were donated by an English officer stationed in Pyay, during the colonial time, when his wife suffered from eye trouble. As the legend says, after such donation, his wife was cured and got her sight back. It takes about nine monks to remove the glasses for their fortnightly cleaning.
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Shwe Myitzu Pagoda (Mohnyin)

Shwe Myitzu Pagoda (Mohnyin)

It lies on the sandbank named Linlon about 1,500 feet (457m) from the west bank of Indawgyi Lake in Mohnyin Township, Kachin State. The height was over 15ft (5m). Further renovations brought the height to 50ft (15m) with a base about 39ft 10ins (12m). The pagoda was built with different terraces each adorned with stone statues. A festival is celebrated there every March.
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Shwe Nan Daw Pagoda

Shwe Nan Daw Pagoda

It lies atop of Mount Rohakuhta at Thandwe, where the relics of Buddha were enshrined.
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Shwe Nat Taung Pagoda (Shwe Taung)

Shwe Nat Taung Pagoda (Shwe Taung)

Shwe Nat Taung Pagoda means ‘Golden Spirit Mountain’. This pagoda dates back to the Sriksetra era. Legend takes it back all the way to 283 BC, from which it was reconstructed by a long range of Myanmar kings with the aid of local nats (spirits). A large pagoda festival is held every year on the full moon of Tabaung (February/March).
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Shwe Oo Min Paya
hwe Oo Min Pagoda is nestled not at the mouth of a cave, but within it. While one would think that with space being somewhat limited within a cave, there would be some reservation as to how many statues should be put inside. However, enthusiasm prevailed, and the cavern walls and passages of Shwe Oo Min are covered by row after row of golden Buddha statues. What is particularly fascinating is that the limestone cave complex that houses Shwe Oo Min is entirely natural, with very little engineering being done to widen or modify the passages beyond what is required for safety and lighting. The best time to visit the cave pagoda is during the early part of March, when pilgrims and casual visitors alike flock to it for its annual festival. The base of the hill that the complex sits within becomes covered in small tents and stalls selling everything from food to cheroots (the Southeast Asian equivalent of a cigar). Expect the stalls to be flanked by performances by the various peoples of the Shan State, adding a carnival's flair to the five-day celebration
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Shwe Phone Pwint Pagoda

Shwe Phone Pwint Pagoda

Shwe Phone Pwint Pagoda is situated on the top of the mountain east of the city. From there one can see the panoramic view of Taunggyi. It is about 10 minutes drive or 40 minutes walk from the city.
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Shwe Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha

Shwe Tha Lyaung Reclining Buddha

Built by the Mon tribe in 994. This big Buddha was restored several times but was overgrown by the jungle after the total destruction of Bago in 1757. The 55m long and 16m high reclining Buddha is well known in Bago.
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Shwe U Min Pagoda

Shwe U Min Pagoda

Set inside a natural cave dripping with golden Buddha statues, Shwe U Min Pagoda is about half a mile south-west of the Kalaw Market.
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Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery

Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery

The Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, just outside Nyaung Shwe, is a fascinating wooden monastery built in the early 19th Century. It is a very interesting red painted teak wood building with oval windows, and richly decorated with mosaics and golden ornaments.
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Shwe Yin Myaw Pagoda

Shwe Yin Myaw Pagoda

Shwe Yin Myaw World Peace Pagoda is located at the bank of Thanlwin River, Hpa An Township, Kayin State, Myanmar.
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Shwe-Gyu-Gyi (Old Bagan)

Shwe-Gyu-Gyi (Old Bagan)

The temple itself is quite lovely with it's own walled courtyard and a perfect location that enables you to see many of the other nearby temples and pagodas that encircle it. You really do feel like you're in the heart of things. Some great shots to be taken. The inside is in realtively good shape and of interest.
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Shwe-Set-Taw Pagoda

Shwe-Set-Taw Pagoda

The land of festivals and the land of Pagodas are the names that make Myanmar famous among the well nation. Mann Shwe Sattaw Pagoda Festival is one of the most significant Pagoda festival in Upper Myanmar. Pagoda is mostly crowded within the festival time which is from the mid February to mid April
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Shwebon Yadana Mingala Palace (Shwebo)

Shwebon Yadana Mingala Palace (Shwebo)

The number of Red and Gold buildings in the Palace of Shwe Bo are less complete than that of Mandalay Palace. Still it's a fascinating place to viist
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Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

The city's biggest tourist attraction & one of the wonders of Asia. This immense Buddhist shrine was built approx. 2500 years ago. Shwedagon Pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds; the largest of which is a 72 carat diamond. Shwedagon Pagoda is a repository of the best in Myanmar heritage – architecture, sculpture and arts. To understand this monumental work of art and architecture, visitors will experience an insider's view of this magnificent symbol of Buddhism to the lives of the Myanmar people.
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Shwedagon Pagoda (The Replica)

Shwedagon Pagoda (The Replica)

Shwedagon Pagoda (The replica) is located 1km from the friendship Bridge of Myanmar and Thailand in Tachileik. It was built in 1988 with 108ft (33m) high and it is also good view point to see the panoramic view of Tachileik and Mai Sai (border Town of Thailand).
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Shwegugale Pagoda

Shwegugale Pagoda

Extremely mouldy and old-looking but beautiful is the Shwegugale Pagoda. Unlike any temples, the stupa is a really a circular tunnel where 64 Buddha statues are kept. The pagoda dates to 1494 and the reign of Myanmar King Byinnya Yan.
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Shwekyimyin Pagoda

Shwekyimyin Pagoda

Shwekyimyin Pagoda was built by King Min Shin Saw, situated in the heart of the town. In the temple is enshrined the origninal Buddha image consecrated by the King himself. The great attraction of this pagoda is the collection of these statues and images made all of valuable jewels and precious stones and traditionally worshipped by royal family.
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Shwemawdaw Pagoda

Shwemawdaw Pagoda

The Shwemawdaw or "Great Golden God Pagoda" of Bago has been growing for more than 1000 years. The Shwemawdaw Pagoda whose spire can be seen behind its impressive entrance portal, was originally built by the Mon to a height to 23 meters in the 8th Century and was rebuilt higher several times until it finally reached its present 114 meter stature in 1954.
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Shwemokhtaw Pagoda

Shwemokhtaw Pagoda

Shwemokhtaw Pagoda is situated at the center of Pathein, the capital city of Ayeyarwaddy Region. It was originally founded by King Asoka of India in 306 BC as a small spire, its height was increased by various kings. Raising the height of a pagoda always involved encompassing the smaller spire with a bigger one, and never, to destroy the original.
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Shwesandaw Pagoda (Old Bagan)
This is the place that everyone talks about going to watch the sunrise and the sunset in Bagan, and it’s hard to argue why. The panoramic view from this pagoda is purely majestic, breathtaking and one of the best in Asia. But the steep climb to the top that’s not for the faint of heart! King Anawrahta, founder of first Burmese Kingdom, built Shwesandaw Pagoda after his conquest of then Mon Capital, Thaton.
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Shwesettaw Pagoda (Minbu)

Shwesettaw Pagoda (Minbu)

A pair of Buddha's Footprints are located in Settawya, a forest retreat at 34 miles (55km) distant west of Minbu on the opposite bank of Magway. The Footprints are well preserved and shrines were constructed neatly. The site is on the Mann Creek.
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Shwethalyaung Buddha

Shwethalyaung Buddha

It is a reclining Buddha in the west side of Bago (Pegu), Burma (Myanmar). The Buddha, which has a length of 55 m (180 ft) and a height of 16 m (52 ft), is the second largest Buddha in the world, after the 74 m reclining Buddha in Dawei (Tavoy). The Buddha is believed to have been built in 994, during the reign of Mon King Migadepa.
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Shwethalyaung Daw Mu

Shwethalyaung Daw Mu

Shwethalyaung Daw Mu pagoda is situated at the edge of Dawei about 5km from the central Strand Road market. It is completed in 1931 and 74m long, 21m high.
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Shwezigon Pagoda (Nyaung U & Wetkyi-in)
Considered to be the most significant monument for then- newly found Theravada Buddhism in Bagan, Shwezigon is very popular among local travellers and monks. Tourists normally says this pagoda is very similar the “Shwedagon of Yangon”, but make no mistakes, it was built way earlier than the Yangon’s jewel. Grand and majestic, Its graceful bell shape became a prototype for virtually all later pagodas all over Myanmar. It was first commenced by King Anawrahta and later completed by his successor, King Kyanzittha. It narrowly misses our top 3 due to lack of its architecture value and distinct history.
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Sin Khaung Monastery

Sin Khaung Monastery

It is situated at Sin Khaung quarter, at the foot of the Pindaya caves mountain. It is built by wood, traditional Shan style and 200 years old. There are old bamboo weaving Buddha images and bronze statues inside the monastery.
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Sin Swan Temple

Sin Swan Temple

U Tun Kyaw and his wife Mi Taw built Sin Swan Temple in 1900. This temple had ivories decorated with beautiful festoon. There are ten large ivories and the Buddha images inside the temple.
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Sinmyarshin Temple

Sinmyarshin Temple

Sinmyarshin Temple is a two-storey building consisting of an entrance hall and the main hall on the lower level. The main hall has two Buddha images, each facing east and west.
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Sinphyushin Temple

Sinphyushin Temple

Sinphyushin Temple was built by King Thihathu or Sinphyushin of Pinya. It is a cave-type Indian-style based monument. There is also an upper level. The inner walls of the temple are full of ancient mural paintings.
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St Matthew's Church

St Matthew's Church

An abandoned church in Mawlamyine - also known as "little England" and the capital of British Burma from 1826 to 1852. Build in the late 18 hundreds, and abandoned, it pays testament to the former colonial time in Burma/Myanmar.
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Sulamani Guphaya Temple (Minnanthu)
This red-brick temple is often left behind by the tourists. But this hidden treasure, Sulamani represents some of Bagan's finest ornamental work which are carved stucco on mouldings, pediments and pilasters Built by King Narapatisithu, the interior face of the temple wall was once lined with a hundred monastic cells, a feature unique among Bagan?s ancient monasteries. Guphaya means small ruby and the name goes well with the place.
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Sule Pagoda

Sule Pagoda

One of the best way to experience Yangon and how the former Captial is, and how it is changing can be seen all around Sule Pagoda. It is located in the heart of downtown. If you try to “google-image” Yangon, chances are that the picture of Sule Pagoda will occupy 50% of all images. At night it looks very beautiful as it is lit up. The fact that it is in the middle of a roundabout makes it good for photographs.
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Thanboddhay Paya

Thanboddhay Paya

Thanboddhay Paya is slightly Disneylandesque, in a Burmese style. Well, perhaps that's a bit harsh, but there's certainly a kitsch theme park vibe to this popular attraction roughly halfway to the super gigantic standing Buddha (Bodhi Tataung) from Monywa. The compound is a series of garishly painted buildings, but the main attraction (admission US$3 for foreigners) supposedly houses in excess of 500,000 Buddha images. Yes, you read that number right -- half a million. Plenty of chedis too! Built in 1939 and completed in 1952, Thanboddhay Paya remains an active place of worship and you'll come across devotees throughout the place. It is also the site of a temple festival in November each year. The vast number of icons are photogenic and stopping here conveniently breaks the journey from Monywa to Bodhi Tataung. Once you're done, push on to what was, for a period, the tallest standing image of Buddha in the world, Bodhi Tataung. It is absolutely colossal. When we arrived in Monywa we knew nothing of Bodhi Tataung and it was only when inspecting an upper floor room at Hotel Chindwin that we spied its sparkling edifice in the distance. When we asked, the staffer told us it was, “The almost tallest Buddha in the world!” So of course we checked it out. It's the almost-tallest Buddha in the world, but also home to an enormous reclining Buddha, and thousands of Buddha images in the surrounding area. While it's easy to turn your nose up at the site being a “new money monument”, at the rate both the standing and reclining Buddha are ageing, they'll look like ruins in a few more years. Up close and personal.
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Thatbyinnyu Temple (Nyaung U & Wetkyi-In)
Towering above the other monuments of Bagan, this temple is famous for being the tallest in Bagan and its neat brickwork, which is so carefully done that a knife blade can’t pass between the bricks. Unfortunately, an earthquake years ago made the structure unstable, so climbing up the temple is now prohibited. The temple is visible from nearly every vantage point around Bagan. Try this out. No matter which angle you aim through your camera, it will always give you a perfect host.
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Thiho Shin Pagoda

Thiho Shin Pagoda

Thiho Shin is one of the most famous pagodas in Pakokku, built by King Alaungsithu. The pagoda contains an image presented by the King of Ceylon some 800 years ago and the image is one of the most revered in Myanmar. Thiho Shin pagoda festival is held from 8th waxing day to 10th waxing day of Nayon every year.
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U Zina Pagoda
Located just a few stone throws away from Kyaik-Than-Lan Pagoda, you can find U Zina Pagoda easily. There you will see the four life-like figures, a decrepit old man leaning on a staff, a man suffering from a loathsome disease, a putrid corpse and finally a monk in yellow robes free from all worldly cares. These four figures represent the four signs that made Lord Buddha leave the palace for the life of a religious recluse.
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Umin Koese Pagoda

Umin Koese Pagoda

Umin Koese Pagoda is situated on the Sagaing Hills. It was built by King Mingaung of Inwa. Umin Koese in Myanmar language means 90 cave Pagoda. This Pagoda was originally named Sinpho- hlai Pagoda.
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Umin Thonse Pagoda

Umin Thonse Pagoda

Umin Thonse Pagoda is situated on Sagaing Hills. Umin Thonse' means 30 Caves Pagoda. It was built by venerable monk named Padugyi Thangayaza (though the date was variously given as A.D. 687, 1005,1050,1085. 45 Buddha images sit in a crescent-shaped colonnade within the pagoda.
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Win Sein Taw Ya, Mudon
It is the site of the largest reclining Buddha image in the world and located in the middle of Mawlamyine (20km) and Thanbyuzayat (40km). After almost 15 years of construction, the reclining Buddha is still not complete. In 2012, construction started on a second reclining Buddha opposite the original, with the aim of being built to stand the test of time. The poor concrete construction of the first has left the original with an uncertain future .
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Yokesone Monastery

Yokesone Monastery

Yoke-Sone-Kyaung (monstery), one of the oldest surviving wooden monasteries is a worth visiting spot.
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