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“Nice pagoda”
Review of Mahabodhi Paya

Ranked #22 of 108 things to do in Bagan
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

nice pagoda to visit, be care of the ruins site on the right, i spotted many centepede crawling ard, dun get bitten by one, especially ehn you anrd walking ard bare footed. i spotted at least 10 at the area.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Ashoka stamba is visible at the entrance. The temple is built to resemble the Maha bodhi in India. Gives a hint that this has some connection with India.

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Reviewed May 16, 2012

This temple is very nice, it's one of the landmarks of Bagan, I think everyone coming to Bagan should pay a visit, even if it's not the most spectacular one (you will most likely get to see quite a few of them anyway...).

Also, as we got there we met a young woman who was really adorable: Phyu Phyu (pronounce "P'you-P'you"). She will show you around and take time to chat a bit, yet as opposed to other vendors located nearby temples, she won't push for any tip nor any purchase. She does sell clothes for a living, so if you want to buy a Longji (which is the local equivalent to a sarong) or a shirt, don't buy in Yangon or Mandalay before you get to Bagan, as it will most likely be much cheaper at Phyu-Phyu's shop!
But if you don't intend to buy, don't worry, simply let her know; she's really lovely.

1  Thank Adrien1982
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

A copy of the mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya India.
all the interesing places the buddha went in the first weeks after enlightenment aret here but not in the same positions!!,
except for the lotus plants

Thank MastG
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

This Mahabodi Paya is a 800 year old replica located in the middle of an Asian jungle of an even older temple in Bodhgaya, India. A design from the Indian Gupta Period built around 1218 AD, it is significantly & architecturally different from the hundreds of surrounding Mon temples of Bagan, a once great civilisation now in rapid decline under the Burmese. The original was built at the place where the Buddha sat under a tree & gained enlightenment, sparking a cultural & religious revolution which is still predominant in Asia today.

Unfortunately this much smaller replica is in worse repair than the much older original in India. Much of the finer details have worn away but it’s the novelty of an ancient copy which is most interesting. The front entry has an out-of-place awning around the entrance which is not part of the Indian design. The gold leaf covered Buddha inside is much larger than the one in Bodhgaya. Off to the side is also a replica of the temple’s Cankamana or cloister walk & also a Diamond Throne around the back where the Bodi Tree is located where the Buddha sat & reached enlightenment.

The temple is located inside the old walled city close to the Buphaya Temple which is next to the Ayeyarwaddy River. There is one other known surviving Indian temple dedicated to Vishnu called the Nathlaung Kyaung Temple.

2  Thank The_Pale_Ridah
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