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Gawdawpalin Temple

Bagan, Myanmar
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Ranked #19 of 37 attractions in Bagan
Type: Religious Sites
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The 2nd tallest temple in Bagan, located in the middle of the walled part of Old Bagan, with an exterior much more impressive than the interior. Someone will find you and give you an impromptu tour. There were no other tourists when I was there. Inside there are extensive whitewashed corridors with highly decorated ceilings. Elsewhere there are only traces... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Very nice attraction of Bagan. Belongs to type III temple architecture, built by king Narapatisithu, but finished by his son, because king became blind. Htilominlo in 11th centrury. This is one of largest temples in Bagan fields. in the ground, corridor runs around central block where four statue of Buddhas are located.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

It was empty when we pass by even on a busy saturday. Gawdawpalin Temple is a two storeys tall, and contains three lower terraces and four upper terraces. The construction was completed in 1227 and we find it well preserved after so...long. It was used for meditation, devotional worship of the Buddha and some other Buddhist rituals.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

It was one of the first temples that I visited in Bagan. It's more interesting from outside. The interiors are not impressive (some Buddhas statues).

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

I was here very early; so there were no vendors to bother me! In the morning, the warm sun rays give the facade a nice warm feel. It looks good on photographs. Better still, once done, go to the opposite small stupa. Climb up to have great warm pix of Gawdawpalin. You can also have some good shots of the... More

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Hino, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

This is a white tall temple in old Bagan. Very close to Bagan Thande hotel or Bagan hotel. You easliy find this while you are in old Bagan since it is tall and impressive architecture. There are some Buddha inside.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

This temple is pretty indeed but it is over run with aggressive vendors. Don't feel bad for not going inside, it is just boring whitewashed walls. Nice to have as part of your sunset photos though.

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

gaw-daw palin is supposedly one of the best preserved and a mixture of Burmese and Indian style. Did not look very different from that-byin-nyu or hti-Lo-min-Lo to me. Worth a stop since on the same road learns bupaya in the old bagan

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

This temple is the biggest one in the old town with the main entrance facing East and the Irrawaddy river at the back of it. It is also one of the largest all over Bagan. In the interior it also contain some large murals which have faded over time but since the place is camera friendly, a long exposure can... More

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

One of Bagan's biggest let-downs from our perspective. A boringly white-washed wall inside and a disproportionately irritating layer of hawkers to navigate just to get to the main temple. Billed as one of the must-sees but don't feel bad about skipping this place.

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