Bu Paya Pagoda

Attraction Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma) ‎ Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
08:30 AM
09:30 AM
Second-time visit
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Architecture
Temple & Monument
15.00 USD

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Bupaya Pagoda is a notable pagoda located in Bagan (formerly Pagan), in Myanmar, at a bend on the right bank of the Ayeyarwady River.

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Why Bu Paya Pagoda is special ?

Bupaya Pagoda is a notable pagoda located in Bagan (formerly Pagan), in Myanmar, at a bend on the right bank of the Ayeyarwady River. The small pagoda, which has a bulbous shaped dome, is widely believed to have been built by the third King of Pagan, Pyusawhti who ruled from 168 to 243 AD. It is one of the most notable shrines among the thousands of new or ruined Pagodas in Pagan, which is located about 90 miles (140 km) south of Mandalay.


The original pagoda was completely destroyed in the 1975 earthquake. As result of this earthquake, the bulbous pagoda broke into pieces and fell into the river. It was, however, fully reconstructed using modern materials, with lesser adherence to the original design. Subsequently it was built as a gilded superstructure.


Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/

What to explore at Bu Paya Pagoda?

In keeping with the tradition of building pagodas in Myanmar, the Bupaya Pagoda also conformed to the norms set for such structures. The pagoda had a massive gravity-type pyramidal profile. It was built with bricks and impressively decorated. It was a bell-shaped dome built over diminishing terraces. A finial crowned the dome. The pagoda enshrined Buddha's relics.

However, the new Bupaya Pagoda built at the same location in 1976–78, after the earthquake, is a hollow reinforced concrete structure (replacing the traditional brick structure of the past). It has been built on the traditional plan of a polygonal base. The pagoda rises up in "a series of crenellated semi-circular terraces overlooking the river". It is now fully gilded (pictured). The pagoda is now a very distinct landmark on the shores of the Irrawaddy River.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/

How to get to Bu Paya Pagoda?

Bu Paya Pagoda is 10km from Nyaung U Airport which can be accessible by local taxi or horse cart. The best way to visit the temple is hiring an e-bike or bicycle.

Selling points

  • A bulbous shaped dome
  • One of the most notable shrines
  • Modern materials and original design.
  • A gilded superstructure
  • On the edge of the beauriful Irrawaddy River
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Total travel distance
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Tips for you

  • A guide or guide book is necessary when one visits these temples as each one has a very rich history.
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  • Taxi can be easy to find at the the area in front of Bu Paya, you just say, "taxi" to anyone and a car - old but still working - will soon arrive.
    Transportation
  • You can head down to the water to get a boat for a sunset cruise, it can cost you USD 10 - 20 depending on your bargain skill.
    Things to do
  • Sunset view here is excellent. You can see the huge river right by the pagoda.
    What to see
  • You should be careful with the dry bush or flower as it is very sharp.
    Safety
  • There are vendors around where you can buy snacks and souvenirs, the price is very reasonable.
    Things nearby

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this one the oldest pagoda in Bagan.Nice location in front Irawadee of river.nice to take photo background pagoda and wide of river landscape.Beside have nice restaurant good food good view.

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Really... besides the shining gourd stupa, there's nothing else here. It stands very near to the river and you can really enjoy the nice breeze.There are some boats at the riverside just below. I guess you could hire them for a boat ride if you wish.

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First of all, the name should be corrected to Bupaya, not Buphaya Paya, it seems Paya is duplicated.We visited here after Mahabodhi Paya.The big onion shape like gold stupa is very impressive and interesting to see, though it is replica after earthquake.Not only golden thing but I did like the view of Irrawaddy river, enjoyed the breeze at terrace and seeing local people's life at the river. Some are starting the boat, some are coming back from it, kids playing and swimming...Nice to cool down here around sunset, like locals do.

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this one the oldest pagoda in Bagan.Nice location in front Irawadee of river.nice to take photo background pagoda and wide of river landscape.Beside have nice restaurant good food good view.

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