The Heart of Myanmar
Ananda Temple is frequently referred to as Myanmar’s “Westminster Abbey”, this architectural gem was constructed in 1105AD, during the reign of King Kyanzittha. Legend has it that on completion, the king had the architects killed so that the design could never be replicated. Substantial restoration has made this the most impressive of Bagan’s temples. Four Buddha statues are inside, facing each direction of the compass, and of particular note is a long sequence of terracotta plaques on the walls depicting scenes in the Buddha’s life. A week-long festival from December to January sees thousands of monks and pilgrims descend on the temple to pay tribute.