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Dhammayan Gyi Temple, Bagan

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#5 of 51 in Historic Sites in Bagan
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Discover the dark history of Dhammayan Gyi Temple, dating back to the 12th century. Built by a king who killed his own brother and father to get the throne, the temple has a sinister reputation and the locals often avoid it. Nonetheless, the temple--the largest in the country--affords scenic views if you climb to its upper floors. Walk the long hallways and admire the vast space of the temple, noting the two statues of Gautama and Maitreya. The high ceiling makes the building a perfect nesting spot for bats. Bring a face mask as the place isn't cleaned regularly. Using our international travel planner, Bagan attractions like Dhammayan Gyi Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The temple complex with its labyrinth of passageways was built over the 1167 to 1170 period under orders of King Narathu, but never completed due to the assassination of the king. Impressive... 
    The temple complex with its labyrinth of passageways was built over the 1167 to 1170 period under orders of King Narathu, but never completed due to the assassination of the king. Impressive...  more »
  • This is supposed to be the largest temple in Bagan. After walking through the temple, it is a bit boring. It is not large, when compared against the temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia. 
    This is supposed to be the largest temple in Bagan. After walking through the temple, it is a bit boring. It is not large, when compared against the temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  more »
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  • Biggest temple in Bagan and have so many architecture inside.Nice place to take photo.Near Sulamani Temple
  • Amazing what royals will build when they’re advised by spiritual leaders? That’s pretty much the background of this huge complex. It’s really massive and reminds you Of a scene from tomb raider as you explore. Great views of the temple from raised mounds in the corners of the compound

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