Thatbyinnyu Phaya

Thatbyinnyu Phaya is one of the four most monumental temples in Bagan and this is also the tallest of all temples in Bagan with a height of 61m. In Myanmar language, “Thatbyinnyu” means perception that the Buddha enlightened, that's why, it is said that if you want to see the great, just visit Thatbyinnyu Phaya.

The temple dates back to the 12th century BC, built by King Alaungsithu, grandson of the king who built Ananda Temple. The massive Thatbyinnyu Phaya is whitewashed and looks like a European renaissance Christian monastery. Inside are long corridors with altars displaying glittering gold-plated Buddha statues with all postures and shapes, on the terrace there is a large Buddha statue made of bricks and plaster.

Thatbyinnyu Phaya contains many historical and cultural values so in July 2019, it was recognized as a world cultural heritage.


Popular tourist attractions around include Ananda Temple, Shwegugyi Temple, Shwezigon Pagoda, Htilo Mininlo Temple, Sulamani Temple...

To visit Bagan and Thatbyinnyn Phaya, you can fly from Yangon, take the train from Yangon or Mandalay or travel by boat on the Irrawaddy River.


Bagan does not have the rainy season, the weather is dry all year round, so you can travel to Bagan and visit Thatbyinnyn at any time of the year, but the best time is from November to February next year, when the weather is cool. You should spend about 3 hours to half a day visiting Thatbyinnyn Phaya and combine visiting famous tourist attractions around.

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