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Thatbyinnyu Temple

Address: Bagan, Myanmar
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Ranked #12 of 41 Attractions in Bagan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I agree with previous reviewers this one temple that is so large (the biggest) that it is most imposing and spectacular from the outside. Just down the path there is a section of the old wall you can walk up which gives you great views back to the temple. If you're anywhere close it's difficult to miss its so big... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

LIKE; 1)The view from top of temple DISLIKED: 1)Poor maintenance 2)No English notes to explain the various items

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Wehl, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

That Byin Nyu is Bagan's highest temple, with its top reaching about 60 meters. As one of the largest temples (like Ananda and Dhammayangyi) you always see That Byin Nyu at pictures taken from Shwesandaw. That Byin Nyu, Gaw daw Palin and Htilo Minlo have similar shape / architectural design.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Thatbyinnyu is the tallest temple measuring 61 meters and known as temple of omniscience and dating from 1144 AD during the reign of King Alaungsithu.The temple is a brick masonry building covered in white stucco and stone pavements, thresholds and as reinforcing elements. It is adjacent to the Ananda Temple and it is shaped like a cross, but is not... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This temple is the tallest temple in Bagan at 61 meters. It is situated in Old Bagan. It is white coloured with gold tipped spires. It is a "boxy" structure and was built in about 1144. The inner passages to the upper levels are closed off for visitors. The inside of the temple is a slight let down after the... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

You almost feel obliged to go inside this temple due to its sheer size. It lies just inside the city walls on your right if youre on the main road from Nyaung U. At 63m or 150ft it is the tallest of all of Bagan's temples. Its huge white boxy bulk acts as a great reference point and is visible... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Here we see the only statue of Buddha sitting on a throne. We were told that the original paintings on the walls inside have all been painted away, hence the white walls. Only one part of the temple ceiling has the original paintings still in situ. They ran out of white paint here?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Belongs to type II temple in Bagan architecture. Built by king Alaungsithu in 11th century. important is two standing door-guardians in eastern entrance. Origin of temple name is from The omniscience of the Buddha and it means knowing thoroughly and seeing widely.The terraces of temple provide good panorama on Bagan fields, hills and river Ayeyarwaddy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Thatbyinnyu or omniscience is known for its brickwork, they said you can't get a blade between the bricks. The work is amazingly intricate and separate itself from the others.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Thatbyinnyu Temple, a 12th Century temple with 4 levels, only the stairs are no longer in use. Best viewed at sunset when a little cooler but my favourite truly, was floating about in a hot air balloon offering a marvelous overview of the plains of Bagan.. and all the marvelous pagodas scattered about

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