Attractions in Bagan

Dhammayangyi Temple

History and Background

The largest temple structure in Bagan, Dhammayangyi Temple is a cave pagoda and was built between 1167 and 1170 by King Narathu. It has an intriguing past as the legacy of one of the most bloodthirsty kings in Burmese history. Viewed from a distance, its structure resembles an Egyptian pyramid. The temple is about 1km to the Southeast of the city walls. Although never completed most of the arches and the major portion of the structure are still intact.

Why should visit

Dhammayangyi Temple is the largest of all the temples in Bagan, approximately 77.7 m on each of its four sides. Oriented towards the east, the temple has four entrances at the cardinal directions, each containing a seated Buddha image on a pedestal, resembling the Ananda Temple. It displays the finest brickwork and is worth a visit.


Bagan can be visited all year round.