Tharabar Gate

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

1 hour
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
08:00 AM
09:00 AM
Second-time visit
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Historic
Kids
15.00 USD

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Tharabar gate is a substantial is it 1100 year old structure as an indication of the one sector of a much larger structure.

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Why Tharabar Gate is special ?

The Tharabha Gate is the only surviving gate of Bagan (Pagan). The gate is located to the east of the old city. Although the Burmese chronicles assert that the city of Bagan was fortified in 849 CE, radiocarbon dating of evidence dates the foundation of the main walls to c. 1020 CE. If the city was fortified in the 9th century as the chronicles assert, the fortifications must have been built with less durable materials like mud.


The present-day gate consists of two brick-walled shrines, each opposing one another, of two guardian nats, named Min Mahagiri and Hnamadawgyi (Shwemyethna), who allegedly were executed by order of a king.


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

What to explore at Tharabar Gate?

Tharabar Gate is the main gate of the east wall and the only structure left of the old city built by King Pyinbya. The western and northern part of the city wall were washed away by the river. There was originally twelve gates during that time. Tharabar is derived from the Pali term "Sarabhanga" meaning "shielded against arrows".

Although most of the structure is ruined, stucco carvings of the ogres can still be found. The gate is known to be guarded by spiritual beings. On the left is the side of the gate is the brother "Lord of the Great Mountain" and on the right side is the sister "Golden face".

Source: http://bagan.travelmyanmar.net/

How to get to Tharabar Gate?

You can reach the gate by motorbike, car or horse cart and bicycles which can be hired at many hotels and tour agents in Bagan.

Selling points

  • The only gate still standing
  • Don't miss the guardian Nats
  • Ancient Wall of Bagan City
  • Quite interesting, definitely worth a look
  • Great start to visit Old Bagan
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Duration
7.0 days
Estimated
267.34 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Tips for you

  • The bricks are old and damaged so be careful if you visit the place with kids.
    Safety
  • There is a number of restaurants which are past the former moat, about 650 feet east.
    Things nearby
  • According to legend, superstitious locals don’t venture through the gate without first paying a one-time offering to the nat to ensure protection against traffic accidents. But don’t worry: bicycles are OK, blessing-free.
    What to know
  • You can see people offering flowers and rices to buddha just near this gate.
    What to see

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Don't go out of your way to get here. Snap a picture if you must; then move on. There really isn't much to see here.

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Our guide insisted we stop for a quick look at Tharabar Gate. At first we thought it was probably worth only a drive-by peek and nearly didn't climb out of our van. Then we saw what was really interesting in the only remaining part of the original city wall: the brother and sister Nats who were tucked in guarding each side of the extant gate. We decided it was a "worth it" stop after all. Finding nats in surprising places was part of our Burma experience.

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Tharabar gate is a substantial is it 1100 year old structure as an indication of the one sector of a much larger structure. No intricate carvings gold but fine brick work as a hint oif the grandeur just as the roman forum is just a memory of the layout of something much bigger. your will drive past on your journey time to think about it

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Tharabar gate is a substantial is it 1100 year old structure as an indication of the one sector of a much larger structure. No intricate carvings gold but fine brick work as a hint oif the grandeur just as the roman forum is just a memory of the layout of something much bigger. your will drive past on your journey time to think about it

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