Ananda Pahto Temple in Bagan, Myanmar

Our first day exploring the many temples of Bagan culminated at the Ananda Pahto.

The Ananda Pahto, or Phaya, is one of the earliest of Bagan’s great temples, built in Mon architectural style of 1100. The temple complex was heavily damaged in the 1975 earthquake but was restored in 1990, with its crown and umbrella gilded, to celebrate its 900th anniversary.

The gilded crown and umbrella of the temples primary stupa.
Exterior of Ananda Temple in Bagan, MyanmarA stone lion watches over the temple.
Exterior of Stupa at Ananda Temple in Bagan, MyanmarDetail of the costume worn by a statue guarding the front entrance.
Detail of Statue at Ananda Temple in Bagan, Myanmar This was the largest temple we had visited that day, and it had the most modern security.
CCTV Temple Security in Ananda Pagoda in Bagan, Myanmar The primary temple was distinguished by towering golden Buddhas around every corner.
Buddha Towering Above Worshippers in Ananda Pagoda in Bagan, MyanmarCareful restoration work was still being carried on.
Scaffolding in Ananda Pagoda in Bagan, MyanmarArtists working on restoration of the temple walls.
Temple Restorers Work from a Scaffolding in Ananda Pagoda in Bagan, MyanmarDetails of one of the many older murals.
Painted Pattern on Ceiling of Ananda Temple in Bagan, Myanmar An artist working on a smaller artworks for sale to tourists. Each artist receives a license to show their work one day a week at a temple. I’m not sure if they pay for the license or not, or are chosen based on reputation, as the first temple we visited earlier that day was almost empty and this one was packed.
An Artist Working Ananda Pagoda in Bagan, MyanmarA screen over one of the windows protects the ancient murals from sun damage.
Screened Window at the Ananda Pagoda in Bagan, Myanmar Around the side is another temple where we met this old character who acted as an unofficial guide, and pointed out the best spots to take photos.
Old man that acted as our guide at Ananda Temple in Bagan, MyanmarHe pointed out that we would get an excellent shot of the temple with this lion bell in front.
Bagan Temple as Seen Through the Lion Dog BellHe showed us the ‘Tu Dong’ lion guardian who guards both sides of the temple.
Tu Dong Lion at Ananda Temple in Bagan, MyanmarAnother photo op as pointed out by our guide.
Cut-out in Ananda Temple in Bagan, Myanmar I was intrigued by the bamboo scaffolding. (Our guide couldn’t figure out why I would want a photo of it!)
Scaffolding at Ananda Temple in Bagan, Myanmar One of the side temples containing gilded stupas.
Gilded Stupas in Ananda Pagoda in Bagan, MyanmarBeautiful tile work of musicians playing some sort of stringed instrument.
Bas-relief Tile at Ananda Temple in Bagan, MyanmarI’m not sure what these demonic characters are up to – they could be about to beat cobras on the heads, or playing snake-shaped drums, or paddling boats for all I know…
Bas-relief Tile at Ananda Temple in Bagan, Myanmar More on our November 2013 trip to Myanmar.

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