Thatbyinnyu Phaya in Bagan, Myanmar

Realizing that it would be impossible to see all two or three thousand of Bagan’s temples, we started skimming the cream of crop, heading for the temples that had been circled by the reception at our hotel.

Map of Old Bagan showing the location of Ananda and Thatbyinnyu Temples

Map of Old Bagan showing the location of Ananda and Thatbyinnyu Temples

Thatbyinnyu Phaya is one of the tallest pagodas in Bagan. It was disappointing that access was denied to the average visitor.
Exterior of at Thatbyinnyu Phaya in Bagan, MyanmarNext to it was a small brick temple, a scale replica of the larger Thatbyinnyu, which I called the Temple of Children.
Children climbing a small brick temple in Bagan, Myanmar Girl climbing a small brick temple in Bagan, MyanmarThey followed us down inside the temple…
The children followed us down inside the temple in Bagan, Myanmarand up onto the roof.
More children joined me atop a small temple in Bagan, MyanmarFrom this small temple you can see over to the main temple of Thatbyinnyu with its distinctive stupa.
View of Thatbyinnyu Phaya from a small temple in Bagan, Myanmar Nearby was another temple ruin, a 9th-century stupa with rich green-glazed tiles…
Stone & Tile Textures at Thatbyinnyu Phaya in Bagan, Myanmar 1at Thatbyinnyu Phaya in Bagan, Myanmarand another temple guardian.
Woman Waiting at at Thatbyinnyu Phaya in Bagan, MyanmarLike the children, she too followed us down into the interior…
Taking a Photo in at Thatbyinnyu Phaya in Bagan, MyanmarLooking over to Thatbyinnyu Phaya.
Gate Inside Thatbyinnyu Phaya in Bagan, MyanmarMore on our November 2013 trip to Myanmar.

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