Gawdaw Palin Temple

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

1 hour
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
15.00 USD

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Gawdawpalin Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). Gawdawpalin Temple is the second tallest temple in Bagan.

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Why Gawdaw Palin Temple is special ?

The Gawdawpalin Temple was built by King Narapatisithu after building the Sulamani Temple. But the king did not complete the construction. It was completed by his son Htilominlo. It is located about 3 miles south of the Bu Pagoda on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. It is about 180 feet high and the structure is common like the Sulamani temple.

The temple is known to be the last Myanmar Style temple built in Bagan. The name is a misreading of the Pali word for 'Blessings of the Three Worlds'. King Nantaungmya erected the temple on this spot because it was here that he was chosen, from among five brothers, to be the crown prince.


What to explore at Gawdaw Palin Temple?

Gawdawpalin is counted as one of the largest shrines of Bagan. The temple is a double-storeyed temple in the late style. It is square in plan, with porticoes on all four sides, but with the eastern portico projecting further than the others. In the ground storey, a vaulted corridor runs around a central block against whose four sides are placed images of the Buddha.

Inside the temple are Buddha images seated on pedestals as well as a number of Nat spirit statues; most of the temple’s murals have faded. The temple grounds are surrounded by a wall with four entrance gates. The main entry to the complex on the East end is guarded by two large white lion statues. The Gawdawpalin has been extensively restored after the 1975 earthquake that seriously damaged the temple.


How to get to Gawdaw Palin Temple?

Gawdawpalin Temple is 20 minutes driving from Nyaung U Airport. Taxi is available at the airport to take you there. You can visit by E-bike and bicycle which can be rent at many shops in town.

Selling points

  • Bagan's excellent ancient architecture.
  • Great atmostphere
  • Amazing views
  • Fresh air and nice ambience
  • Historical site
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  • One useful thing to know is that amongst the vendors at the front of the temple, there is one selling second-hand English books, invaluable in a country where they are so hard to come by.
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  • The best time to visit is early in the morning. The view is stunning with sunrise, birds flying around and calm beauty of the temple.
  • You should beware of green snake in one of the trees even though people nearby say it is harmless.
  • You should make sure to dress appropriately as a mark of respect to Buddhism.
  • The highest terrace is not open to visitors due to damage to the stairs.
    What to know
  • Once done, you should go to the opposite small stupa. Climb up to have great warm pic of Gawdawpalin. You can also have some good shots of the plains on the opposite side.
    Things to do
  • This temple has a lot of history, therefore make sure to take a Guide or Guidebook to get the correct story, as Language is a great problem.
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I was here very early; so there were no vendors to bother me!In the morning, the warm sun rays give the facade a nice warm feel. It looks good on photographs.Better still, once done, go to the opposite small stupa. Climb up to have great warm pix of Gawdawpalin. You can also have some good shots of the plains on the opposite side.

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This is a white tall temple in old Bagan. Very close to Bagan Thande hotel or Bagan hotel. You easliy find this while you are in old Bagan since it is tall and impressive architecture. There are some Buddha inside.

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This temple is pretty indeed but it is over run with aggressive vendors. Don't feel bad for not going inside, it is just boring whitewashed walls. Nice to have as part of your sunset photos though.

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This temple is the biggest one in the old town with the main entrance facing East and the Irrawaddy river at the back of it. It is also one of the largest all over Bagan. In the interior it also contain some large murals which have faded over time but since the place is camera friendly, a long exposure can provide you with a vivid view of what these murals looked like in their heydays. Don't use flash to photograph them since flash will damage them further with the intense light as well as blocks the possibility of getting a good image of them. Overall this is a must see while in Bagan, even if for just one day.

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