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Why Ananda Oakkyaung Monastery is special ?
Ananda Oakkyaung Monastery is located in Old Bagan. It was built during A.D 1137. Ananda Okkyaung Monastery simply meaning Brick Monastery. This is situated within the compound of Ananda Temple. It is a small red brick building. The inside walls are covered in 18th century paintings depicting Buddha’s life and elements of the history of Bagan. The paintings describes that the monastery was built by three brothers.
Ananda meaning Eternity and the first vulnerable monk who resided in this monastery was Shin Thuddhamma Linkara and he died at the age of 69. During the reign of King Kyanzittha, the vulnerable monk was granted with a place where he could stay in peace and meditate.
What to explore at Ananda Oakkyaung Monastery?
Just west of Ananda’s northern entry, this small vihara (sanctuary or chapel) features some detailed 18th-century murals bursting with bright red and green, showing details of everyday life from the Bagan period. In the southeast corner, you can see Portuguese figures engaged in trade.
Like all its contemporaries, this temple combines the best values of creativity and innovation and stands testimony to the richness of Bagan art. One of the biggest advantages of this monastery (as per visitors’ account) is that there are lesser crowds as most of the tourists throng the main Ananda temple. However, as per some tourists it remains difficult to illustrate the primary features of this temple. This might be considered to be a disadvantage as you are unable to get a quick heads up on the place before visiting it. However, in that case, you can always treat it as a surprise that is best unfolded later when you actually get to see it. You would probably want to see Ananda temple when you’re in Bagan but it’s advisable not to give this one a miss as well.
How to get to Ananda Oakkyaung Monastery?
Ananda Ok Kyaung is situated within the compound of Ananda Temple. Visitors can visit the place by taxi, horse cart or e-bike or bicycle.
- A small red brick building
- Elements of the history of Bagan
- Paintings depicting Buddha’s life
- Bagan’s architectural complexes
- A symmetrical masterpiece of Mon architecture
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Tips for you
We love architecture so the trip to Bagan, a country of 1000 temple is our first choice. And the trip to Ananda Oakkyaung Monastery delighted out day tour. We was interested in the small red brick buiding that is a symmetrical masterpiece of Mon architecture. There were many impressive paintings depicting the Buddha’s life. It’s worth visiting!