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Upali Thein

Attraction Nyaung-U, Bagan, Myanmar Published on: 13-11-2015

Rating

Time to visit

2 hours 30 mins

Opening hours

08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Should visit at

08:30 AM

Should leave before

10:00 AM

Good for travellers

Second-time visit

Category

Attraction
Must see
Kids
Free
Architecture
Temple & Monument

Price range

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Upali Thein is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
Upali Thein is a good example of a sima or ordination hall. It is rectangular with a vaulted hall and an image of the Buddha at the west end.

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Why Upali Thein is special ?

Upali Thein, close the Htilominlo Temple, on the other side of the road, is a good example of a sima or ordination hall. It is thought to have been founded in the mid-13th century and named after the monk, Upali. It is rectangular with a vaulted hall and an image of the Buddha at the west end. Its design is said to resemble many of Bagan's former wooden buildings. The low parapets, arch pediments and interior paintings date from the 18th century. Unlike the early panelled paintings, these are vivid murals-large and continous, showing the renunciation of the world by past Buddhas and depicting the consecration of the hall by the king. It is closed to visitors, but special permission to visit it can be obtained from the Department of Archaeology (next to Bagan museum).


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What to explore at Upali Thein?

Upali Thein is quite well-known for its accessible location and the beautiful frescoes. This is an interesting place to visit for all visitors to Bagan. The rectangular building has roof battlements imitative of Burmese wooden architecture and a small central spire rising from the rooftop. Most buildings of this type were made of wood and have long since disappeared. Inside there are some brightly painted frescoes on the walls and ceilings from the late 17th and early 18th century. The building is usually kept locked in order to protect them. The Upali Thein was renovated during the reign of the Konbaung Dynasty in 1794 abd 1795. The walls now represent the previous 28 Buddha images, as well as scenes from the life of Guatama Buddha.

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

How to get to Upali Thein?

Upali Thein stands on the northside of the Bagan-Nyaung U road. From Nyaung U Airport, you can take taxi or private car to visit the hall. E-bike and bicycle can be hired from many shops in the central of Bagan.

Selling points

  • Wellknown locally and nation-wide.
  • Original brick platform
  • Beautiful frescoes
  • Resemble wood carvings
  • Mural paintings of the Konbaung period
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Duration
7.0 days
Estimated
267.34 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
21 places

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Nyaung-U, Bagan, Myanmar

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Tips for you

  • Due to the delicacy of the frescoes, no photography is allowed inside the building.
    Photography
  • If there is no key keeper when you visit, look at the pictures from the windows. The paintings are really nice.
    What to see
  • Clothing should be knee length and shoulders covered.
    Costume
  • Visiting temples use footwear that is easy to take on and off.
    What to know
  • You can take a local guide if possible or get the lonely planet Myanmar guide book instead.
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Reviews

TripAdvisor View more

This temple is small compared to the others. I couldn't get in because it was locked but managed to take a few pix from the outside.It is said that a monk named U Pali commissioned this ordination hall in the early thirteenth century. It follows the usual construction plan for wooden structures although it is made of brick.

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Upali Thein is located just the opposite side of Htilominlo Pahto. You can see interesting fresco inside. It describes sima, which is a place where novice were judged to become monk or not. We overheard this from a tour guide we just came across here! You have to pay for photography inside normally. Actually we were not charged by a guy who was taking care inside and also selling souvenir. But when some more tourists came in, he started to charge to them. Don't know his criteria.

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É repetitivo dizer que é magnífico, mas é o que ele é. A visita de Bagan surpreende não só pelo número de templos como pela diversidade da beleza do que se encontra no interior de cada um deles.Mais uma vez serei repetitiva: visita imperdível.EGCL-12

TripAdvisor View more

Upali Thein is located just the opposite side of Htilominlo Pahto. You can see interesting fresco inside. It describes sima, which is a place where novice were judged to become monk or not. We overheard this from a tour guide we just came across here! You have to pay for photography inside normally. Actually we were not charged by a guy who was taking care inside and also selling souvenir. But when some more tourists came in, he started to charge to them. Don't know his criteria

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