16 April 2015

Meandering in Myanmar: Ananda Pahto in Bagan

Ananda Pahto is one of the bigger temples in the plains of Bagan. It is found on the Anawrahta Road linking Old Bagan and Nyaung-U. As with most of the other big temples, it is still a fully-functioning temple, and people flock there to perform their religious duties.

This temple is in a very dusty part of the land, and the walls surrounding the temple is just full of dust. I can only imagine what this looks like when the rainy season is here, with the dust being converted to mud all over. I went inside, took my shoes off, and wandered around.

One thing that captivated me here was the numerous statues of the Chinthe, or the half-dragon half-lion animal that is featured in plenty of Myanmar's religious and traditional imagery. This temple has plenty of them, as seen in my photos above. It also has some other interesting statues, which I show as well.

I spent about 20 minutes lingering here, and then I moved on, on to the next big temple in the area. Bagan just has chock-full of them!


  1. I was just wondering... did you have to pay an entry fee for these temples? Or are they like churches in Europe where, except for the most famous ones (Notre-Dame), it's free to go in?

    1. Zhu,

      Yes and no. For the big temples in Yangon like the Shwedagon Paya or the Botataung Paya, there are entrance fees for foreigners, but locals can enter for free. For Bagan on the other hand, there are thousands of temples, so the entrance fee is collected at the airport, as they make you buy a ticket for the "Bagan Archaeological Zone" which costs 10 USD and is valid for one week. That being said, nobody checked it in the temples. Though it would be hard to leave the airport without buying that ticket. Finally, some other temples in the country like the Kyaikthanlan Paya were free.