Nagayon Pagoda

Attraction 2 Old Bagan Myanmar (Burma) Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Family
Historic
Kids
Free
Architecture
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Nagayon Temple, slightly south of Myinkaba, this elegant and well-preserved temple was built by Kyansittha. It is generally kept locked to protect its interesting contents.

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Why Nagayon Pagoda is special ?

The Nagayon, built by King Kyansittha (1084-1113), foreshadows his crowning achievement, the Ananda.There are the same sloping roofs, the same terraces, the same corner stupas, the same spire and the same stupa finial. But they are here used in a much more subdued manner than in the Ananda. A portico in the north, paved with green glazed stones and having niches holding stone reliefs of the life of the Buddha, provides access to the Nagayon. Within the temple itself, the central shrine contains a huge standing image of the Buddha protected by the hood of a naga serpent. Two smaller images flank the main one. A corridor, also paved with green glazed stones, runs around the central shrine.


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What to explore at Nagayon Pagoda?

The temple has a projecting hall facing north; the external form resembles the Ananda so far as the disposition of the comer stupas, the curvilinear roofs, the terraces, the sikhara and the finial stupa are concerned. The shrine in the centre has a dark corridor running round it, which is ventilated by five perforated windows on each side. Within the hall are niches containing stone reliefs of the life of Buddha.

The shrine contains a huge standing Buddha flanked by two shorter Buddhas. The outer walls of the shrine and the corridor walls have niches containing stone sculptures probably depicting the Buddhas anterior to Gautama. The walls of the corridor are decorated with paintings illustrating propheside to Gautama scenes from the life of Buddha and the Jatakas with glosses in Mon and Pali.

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Selling points

  • Beautiful early style pagoda without the crowds
  • Ancient mural paintings
  • Most exotic temple in Bagan
  • A little different from the other pagoda
  • Full of life near night time outside
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Total travel distance
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  • The temple is located on the left hand side of Bagan-Nyaung U road, just slight across the Abeyadana temple. You nay find on the map the name of this temple is "Naga Yon Hpaya".
    Location
  • If you are interested in the history, make sure to take a Guide or Guide book as language is a problem in Myanmar.
    Things to do
  • There are music and lots of locals outside where they drinking tea and kids running around. You can sit around and watch them.
    Things to do
  • Nagayon is normally locked; you have to ask the temple guardian to open it.
    Things to do
  • This is another temple where one can see a grand panoramic view of Bagan.
    What to see
  • There will be painters selling their art work outside the temple but no obligation to buy.
    Things nearby
  • The nameless temple directly behind Nagayon (off the road) has a "secret" staircase up to the rooftop and offers an amazing and romantic sunset view.
    What to know
  • Make sure you have appropriately dressed as a mark of respect to Buddhism.
    Costume

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This temple has unique windows... the shapes of the cross are gouged out. Somewhat the atomosphere of Christianity... of course nothing related to it. There were cats by the window. It bacame out quite a nice picture.

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This is a temple skipped by most f the tour buses and is well worth the visit. Plus, as of April 2013, temple dog had some super cute puppies.

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This is one of the earliest pagodas in Bagan. The main shrine has a large standing Buddha as in the Ananda Pagoda and two flanking figures. The large space that contained these figures was larger than in Ananda so the feeling was not so stark. The surrounding ambulatory had many niches with Buddha sculptures; bring a strong flashlight, or better yet, a small searchlight, to see them. Our group of six visited at 8:30 AM and had the place to ourselves. This allowed for a truly contemplative experience that was most moving. Highly recommended!

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This is one of the earliest pagodas in Bagan. The main shrine has a large standing Buddha as in the Ananda Pagoda and two flanking figures. The large space that contained these figures was larger than in Ananda so the feeling was not so stark. The surrounding ambulatory had many niches with Buddha sculptures; bring a strong flashlight, or better yet, a small searchlight, to see them. Our group of six visited at 8:30 AM and had the place to ourselves. This allowed for a truly contemplative experience that was most moving. Highly recommended!

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