Ananda Temple

Ananda Temple, Bagan

Ananda Temple
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Aethelred
Cambridge, MA922 contributions
Jan 2020
Ananda is one of the three temples in Bagan that for me would be worth the travel from Europe just to see it alone (Shwezigon and, as a clear third, Dhammayangyi are the others; Mt. Popa would be a fourth but it is not part of Bagan proper) - in a way, the Bagan context makes this less clear. It's indeed so: Whether the Buddha relics are still here or gone doesn't matter, this is a very powerful spiritual place. Remember it was never discontinued but has been in continuous worship since it was built a millennium ago; the Mongol invasion made no difference here. The fact that it is "crowded" by locals attests to its holiness; the ensemble is as great as the building (it is always called "most beautiful" in guidance; I wouldn't agree with that but who cares about aesthetics in a place like that). Current temple fair and recitations add to that. I would add that for me, the Buddha of the West, Gautam Buddha - the Buddha of the present - is the most moving and direct of the four giant golden statues; yes it's a new version (not "replica" or "substitute" after the last quake renovations), but that doesn't matter. Time to do some devotion and worship, people!
Written January 18, 2020
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milliesmum2016
Christchurch, New Zealand1,809 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a really beautiful temple. As you can see it's whitewashed inside and out and full of the most beautiful carvings, frescoes (ancient ones) and Buddha images of gargantuan and golden proportions. This temple complex is huge and very popular so try to stagger your visit for a non busy time when you can study the details because there are lots of really beautiful and delicate bas relief carvings round the outside.
And inside see if you can find the huge glden Buddha whose expression changes, depending on the angle from which you view him!
Written February 1, 2020
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JoyBose
Bengaluru, India344 contributions
Dec 2019
This is the most beautiful ad most famous temple in Bagan.

The temple complex consists of long walkways from all the four directions. There is a huge standing buddha in each of the four directions, in the main shrine.

There are also multiple smaller shrines in the complex, including Buddha figures in different sitting and standing postures. There are multiple paintings as well, on the walls. There are two layers of walls surrounding the main shrine (with 4 standing Buddha figures in 4 directions) and these walls are filled with amazing painted windows and sculptures which are a joy to behold.

The exterior of the temple is also majestic, especially in the early morning and evening.

There are lots of shops in the corridors and also outside the temple complex, selling all kinds of Burmese handicrafts, clothes, lacquerware, buddha idols etc.

Being the main temple in Bagan, this is often crowded, with lots of devotees praying or offering flowers at the Buddha shrines.
Written November 3, 2020
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Lynkster
Australia253 contributions
Dec 2019
Ananda is one of the more impressive temples that survives in Bagan, in active use as a place of worship and pilgrimage. As you'd expect, it is crowded during the day with pilgrims and tourists who have come to visit the site. Though the temple was completed in the early 12th century, it has been added to and renovated several times, so some parts are much later than others.

Four Buddhas are located in main alcoves in each side of the the temple, with the north and south being original (the other two replaced after a fire). In the past, the murals that used to adorn in the interior were whitewashed over, though restoration work has revealed where they exist.

As always, visitors have to be conservatively dressed and be barefooted. As this includes the outside (within the outside walls), be careful where you step, and it can get quite hot during high noon.
Written January 5, 2020
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia5,588 contributions
Mar 2020
This temple is one of the main tourist attractions in Bagan. The size, architecture and the grounds surrounding the temple are impressive.

There are four statues of Buddha, separately located inside the temple to admire.
Written April 15, 2020
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Shreya Saha
Phitsanulok, Thailand939 contributions
Mar 2019
This is one of Bagan’s best known and most beautiful temples – Ananda Pagoda. It was one of the first great temples to be built in Bagan and was well preserved until the latest earthquake that put the temple back to restoration mode. There is a large square room inside the temple where 4 large teak-wooden 9.5 m tall gilded standing Buddha images are placed in arched recesses, each of which represents the four Buddhas that have reached nirvana. This Pagoda gives us ultimate joy and peace.
Written February 20, 2020
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Cherry
Mandalay, Myanmar29 contributions
Feb 2020
Ananda Temple was built by King Kyansittha in 1091 AD. Among the Buddhist monuments in Bagan, it is regarded as most beautiful architecture, the finest temple by both local people and tourists. Total height of the temple is 168' above the ground. This is one of the highest temple in Bagan.
Written March 13, 2020
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Richard B
Edinburgh, UK3,845 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Another Bagan masterpiece. The temple and its courtyard are in great condition and benefit equally with its beautiful painted frescoes that are to be seen inside.

This temple is one of several large temples in Bagan and should be one not to be missed when visiting the area.
Written February 2, 2020
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Camilo P
Bogota, Colombia23 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
First or second most preserve temple in Bagan. Beautiful symmetry as most temples with their four doors north, south,east and west. Huge tigers in every corner guard the temple. Roof and corn towers are something unbelievable. Greatness or wealthness of kingdoms around 11th century is an exame of this temple amongst the over 2.000 more.
Don't miss it at night. Ask for a night tuk-tuk tour to see at least other 8 more.
Written February 23, 2020
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WhiteMouseBurrow
Moscow, Russia2,343 contributions
Jan 2020
The main temple of the region lives around the clock. The monks read the sutras in succession, their voice is broadcast throughout the district. The temple is surrounded by a large market in which there are even attractions.
Written January 11, 2020
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