Giant Buddhas in Manuha Temple in Bagan

Our next stop on our ebike tour of Bagan was circled on our map as a ‘do-not-miss’ sight.

Bagan's Manuha Temple on a mapBuilt in 1059 by King Manuha, it contains three giant Buddhas, each one of them overwhelming the cramped space they inhabit. King Manuha was being held in an early form of house arrest at the time he ordered the temple built and although he had some freedoms, his Buddhas have an imprisoned feel, maybe indicating his state of mind at the time.

Giant Buddha no. 1, lying in its coffin-like space.
Bagan's Manuha Temple: Giant Lying BuddhaSome scale…
Bagan's Manuha Temple: Giant Lying Buddha Giant Buddha no. 2, also cramped in its space.
Bagan's Manuha Temple: Giant Gold BuddhaAnd giant Buddha no. 3.
Bagan's Manuha Temple: Giant Gold BuddhaFor some scale, the fingers on one hand of the Buddha against a bouquet of asters.
Bagan, Myanmar: Sein Nyet Pagoda, Golden Buddha Hands His face is peaceful.
Bagan's Manuha Temple: Giant Gold BuddhaKeeping with the oversized theme, a giant golden begging bowl.
Bagan's Manuha Temple: Giant Begging BowlAn antique temple topper – one of the few things that wasn’t oversized in this temple.
Bagan's Manuha Temple: Antique Temple Topper

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