Ananda Ok Kyaung Monastery
Witness Myanmar’s creativity, innovation, and artistry with a visit to the Ananda Ok Kyaung Monastery.
The Ananda Ok Kyaung Monastery or the Brick Monastery can be found within the compound of the Ananda Temple. True to its name, it’s a small red brick building that was built during AD 1137. Must-visits in the temple include detailed 18th-century murals bursting with bright red and greens that depict different aspects of everyday life from the old Bagan period, 18th-century paintings depicting Buddha’s life, and Portuguese figures engaged in trade.
The Ananda Ok Kyaung Monastery can be found in Old Bagan, Myanmar.
Opening Days and Hours
The monastery is open every day, from 08:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
There is no entrance fee at the monastery but tours that include a visit to the site cost around USD 250.
How to Get There
- You can fly into Myanmar via the Yangon International Airport (also called Yangon Mingaladon Airport), then take a bus from Yangon going to Nyaung U, Bagan. You can also fly into the Nyaung U Airport.
- Take a taxi to the Bagan town centre.
- Rent a taxi or rent a bicycle to Ananda Temple complex, and walk to the monastery.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
You can explore the monastery in 2 to 3 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit the monastery is from 09:00 to 10:00 in the morning when the place is still not yet crawling with tourists.
Must-try restaurants located nearby include Star Beam Bistro, Yar Pyi Vegetarian Restaurant, Khang Shwe Wah, and Golden Myanmar.
- Tharabar Gate
- Gawdaw Palin
- Shwesandaw Pagoda
- Bu Paya
If you want to stay nearby, your accommodation choices include Bagan Thande Hotel, the Hotel Temple View, Hotel at Tharabar Gate, and Royal Bagan Hotel. Prices range from USD 23 to USD 75 per night.