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Thatbyinnyu Temple Bagan


Thatbyinnyu Temple Bagan


  • King Alaung Sithu built Thatbyinnyu Temple in 1144. It’s the tallest building in Bagan having height of 201 feet from bottom to top.
  • Its original name is "Thatbyinnyu ". Meaning of "Thatbyinnyu" is "Omniscience" which is among the qualities of the Lord Buddha which he acquired when he was enlightened. There is a library, monastery, four-terraced religious stupa and circumambulatory curved corridors in the temple. It’s a huge building with all 7 terraces facing east.
  • There is a giant sculpture of Buddha made of plaster and brick sitting on a lotus chair on the upper terrace. During the earthquake of 1975, its head was broken. A dolomite Buddha figure was found out in the damaged head. Now it is displayed at the archeological gallery, Bagan. Like Dhammayan Gyi Temple, technology of brick laying used in Thatbyinnyu was superb. On the upper terrace the bricks were arranged horizontally and vertically one after the other. The earthquake of 1975 removed some plasters from the walls and revealed that stone bricks were used in these walls up to height of 8 feet.