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Why Sulamani Guphaya Temple is special ?
The Sulamani (occasionally Sulamuni) Guphaya, or Pahto, is one of Bagan's premier temple attractions. The name itself means 'Crowning Jewel' or 'Small Ruby.' Paul Strachan, one of the leading modern authorities on the Bagan archeological plain, calls it "the grandiloquent gesture of an empire at its meridian". It was actually more than a temple, for the complex originally contained a large number of associated buildings, including a lecture and ordination hall, cells for the monks and a library, Sulamani was the first and most important temple of the late period (1170-1300) of Bagan monument building. This temple adorns the Bagan skyline with a particularly distinctive presence, and is considered by many (locals and tourists alike) to be an extremely spiritual place.
What to explore at Sulamani Guphaya Temple?
The architectural style has many similarities with that of the Htilominlo temple, which was built a few decades later. The Sulamani is a two storey structure with a square layout. The large first floor is topped with three receding terraces. The upper floor which is much smaller is topped with another four receding terraces. The corners of both lower and upper terraces contain smaller spires.
The top of the Sulamani comprises of a sikhara, a tower structure originating from North India. Unlike the one of the Ananda temple, the sikhara is not gilded. On top of that is the hti, a spire ornament shaped like an umbrella.
The temple has entrance porches on all four sides. The Eastern porch which is the main entrance protrudes further out from the structure than the others. Apart from this, the structure is symmetrical.
How to get to Sulamani Guphaya Temple?
The Sulamani Temple is easy to find with you e-bike. You can rent these at several places in Nyaung U or New Bagan. Taxi adn horse cart is also available to take you there.
- One of the unmissable temples in Bagan
- Great views from the top
- Excellent wall paintings preserved
- Stunning fresco's and murals
- Beautiful and Calming Both Inside and Outside
Tips for you
Sulamani stands out with the many paintings on the walls. Even one with a reclining buddha. There are steps leading to the top; unfortunately a locked gate prevents visitors from going up. However, you can see the wall paintings opposite the stairs.The corridors make for great photography opportunities when the dim interior is combined with the sun rays streaming in from the openings.Worth going ... visit it with Dhammayangyi Temple which is nearby.
Sulamani is one of the must see temples in Bagan.Not only the exterior but the fresco are well restored and impressive. Not only sitting Buddha but also reclining Buddha, elephant and people are in nice clours.This temple is a bit far from old Bagan or new new Bagan. You can combine with Dhammayangyi to visit here.
Go here. It’s picturesque, and breathtaking in the late afternoon. This temple is perhaps the most photographed in Bagan, and it’s for a good reason. Like so many in Bagan, it’s a bit overrun with vendors.
Sulamani stands out with the many paintings on the walls. Even one with a reclining buddha. There are steps leading to the top; unfortunately a locked gate prevents visitors from going up. However, you can see the wall paintings opposite the stairs. The corridors make for great photography opportunities when the dim interior is combined with the sun rays streaming in from the openings. Worth going ... visit it with Dhammayangyi Temple which is nearby.