Pagodas Temples Wats & Stupas

Buddha Shrine at Myazedi Pagoda, Myinkaba Village, Myanmar (Burma)

Myazedi Stupa

Myazedi Stupa, which translates as “emerald stupa,” has an ancient stone tablet that includes the earliest known example of written Burmese language.

Buddha Statue at Naga Yon Hpaya Temple, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Nagayon Temple

Dating to around the end of the 11th century, Nagayon Temple lies just south of Myinkaba Village. Its dark interior hides some impressive frescoes and interesting design features.

Buddha Statue in Manuha Temple in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Manuha Temple

With several oversized statues of The Buddha crammed into spaces barely big enough to hold them, Manuha Temple is one of the easiest temples in Bagan to visit. It’s also one of the oddest.

Dragon and Elephant Statue at Abeyadana Temple in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Apeyadana Temple

Apeyadana Temple is dedicated to an 11th-century chief queen consort of King Kyansittha of the Pagan Dynasty of Burma (Myanmar) and maternal grandmother of King Sithu I of Pagan.

Pagodas of Bagan, Myanmar

Thatbyinnyu Temple

Thatbyinnyu Temple is the tallest of Bagan’s temples and occupies a prominent place near Old Bagan and the famous Ananda Temple.

Taungbi Village Pagoda, Old Bagan Myanmar (Burma)

Taungbi Village Pagoda

This small but ornate pagoda lies deep in Taungbi Village, just to the northeast of Old Bagan and not far from the much better known Htilominlo Temple.

Pagodas of Bagan, Myanmar

Dhammayazika Pagoda

Its gleaming gold stupa certainly stands out against the surrounding countryside. Completed in 1198, it features an unusual 5-sided design.

Lemyethna Pagoda in the Bagan Archaeological Zone

Lemyethna Pagoda

Dating back to the early 13th century and featuring impressive frescoes, Lemyethna Pagoda is located in the eastern part of the Bagan Archaeological Zone.

Renovated Stucco at Tayok Pye Temple, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Tayok Pye Temple

Tayok Pye Temple is in the eastern part of the Bagan Plain and features ornate stucco decoration and impressive frescoes.

Shwenandaw Golden Palace Monastery in Mandalay Myanmar (Burma)

Shwenandaw Golden Palace Monastery

There’s not quite so much of the gold left that once covered the wood, but it’s ornately carved teak is arguably even more impressive.

Luang’s Prabang’s That Chomsi

That Chomsi is at the top of a hill overlooking the old section of UNESCO World Heritage Site Luang Prabang, offering wonderful views out over the town, nearby wats, Mekong, and the region.

Ananda Temple, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Ananda Temple

Ananda Temple is one of the most famous, most visited, and most renovated temples in Bagan, and it has been an active place of worship for nearly a millennia.

Buddhist Novice Monks at Sutaungpyei Pagoda, Mandalay Hill, Myanmar (Burma)

On Top of Mandalay Hill, Myanmar

Sitting on top of Mandalay Hill, Sutaungpyei Pagoda features a large patio that offers a wonderful views over Mandalay City and the Ayeyarwaddy.

View from the Terraces of Thisa-wadi Temple, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Thisa-wadi Temple

Dating to 1334, Thisa-wadi Temple isn’t the grandest of the thousands of temples, stupas, and pagodas in Bagan, but it is one of a handful where it’s possible (and allowed) to climb on the upper terraces for wonderful views out over the plain of Bagan.

Gold Statue of Gautama Buddha in Htilominlo Temple in Nyaung-U, Myanmar (Burma)

Htilominlo Temple

Htilominlo Temple is a large, two-story, 12th-century temple in the northern part of the Bagan plain best known for its ornate stucco decoration.

Buddha Statue at Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda, Sagaing, Myanmar

Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda

It’s one of the oldest–and from all appearances, richest–of the many pagodas in Sagaing. Sitting high on top of Nga-pha Hill, it was built in 1312.

Reclining Buddha at Dhammayan Gyi Phaya Temple

Dhammayangyi Temple

Dating back to the 12th century, Dhammayangyi Temple is the largest temple in Bagan. Just mind the bats!

OoHminThoneSel Pagoda in Sagaing, Myanmar (Burma)

Oo Hmin Thone Sel Pagoda

Oo Hmin Thone Sel Pagoda is an explosion of color, with almost 50 statues of the Buddha looking out from a cave-like crescent from a hilltop in Sagaing.

Pictorial Guide to Pagan (Bagan)

This guide was produced by the Burmese Ministry of Union Culture in 1963 and contains fascinating historical photographs as well as useful, unique information on the pagodas and temples of Bagan.

Jade Emperor Pagoda Ho Chi Minh City Shrine with Incense

Jade Emperor Pagoda

Nestled in a quiet, hidden little enclave in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, the Jade Emperor Pagoda offers a calming sanctuary from the bustle of the busy streets outside.

Luang Prabang Haw Pha Bang Royal Palace Museum Naga

A New Home for Phra Bang

From its fearsome gold naga guarding the main stairs, its incredibly lavish gold and red interior, and multi-tiered roof, the Haw Pha Bang at Luang Prabang’s Royal Palace looks ancient. But it’s not.

Quan Thanh Temple Hanoi Elephant Statue

Quan Thanh Temple

Quan Thanh Temple in the Ba Dinh district of Hanoi next to the southeastern corner of West Lake is a Taoist temple that dates back to the 11th century.

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Hanoi’s One Pillar Pagoda

Despite it being a replica of what was once a thousand-year-old pagoda, the One Pillar Pagoda is today considered one of Vietnam’s most iconic Buddhist temples.

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Wat Si Saket, Vientiane

Wat Si Saket (or Sisaket Temple), with an impressive collection of 2000 Buddha statues, is reputed to be the oldest Buddhist temple still standing in Vientiane.

Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi Monk Praying

Hanoi’s Oldest Pagoda

At 1400 years old, Tran Quoc Pagoda, in a picturesque spot on a small island in Hanoi’s West Lake, is the city’s oldest temple. And while small, it’s quite beautiful.

Photo of Painted decorations of the Three Storied Pagoda at Shinjouji Temple

Narita-San Temple

The Narita-san Temple is a 1000-year-old Shingon Buddhist temple complex in the heart of Narita, about 40 miles east of Tokyo.