Ananda Temple is a single storey structure that combines the architectural design of the Mon and North Indian influence. Built on 1105 A.D. during the reign of King Kyanzitta, Ananda Temple is one of the four surviving temples in Bagan.
This building houses the 4 standing Buddhas in four different locations — facing south is the statue of Kassapa, at the north is Kakusandha, Konagama’s statue faces toward the East, and Gautama faces west. At the base of the structure, spanning from South to West are 552 images of Mara’s marching warriors depicted as they’re planning to attack Buddha. There are wall paintings inside the prayer halls of the temple but most of them are faded although some still remain visible thanks to some restoration work done. There is a field museum adjacent to the temple to create an ambiance of the original settings while studying the artefacts found in the location. This place is home to a festival where 1000 monks perform a continuous chanting of scriptures for 3 days or 72 hours.
Ananda Temple is located in Bagan, Myanmar, a 5-minute drive from the town centre.
Opening Days and Hours
Opens daily from 8:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
A 7-day tour of Bagan, Myanmar starts at USD 250.
How to Get There
- Fly to Bagan via Air KBZ, Golden Myanmar Airlines, and Myanmar National Airlines.
- Rent a taxi to Bagan town centre.
- Rent a bicycle to Ananda Temple.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested time in this duration is 1 hour.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Avoid long lines by visiting as early as 8:00. Leave before 11:00.
Dining options around Bagan include 7 Sisters Restaurant, Sanon Training Restaurant, Kyaw Kitchen, Bagan Zay, Weather Spoon’s Restaurant and Bar, and Ma Mae Naing.
- Gawdaw Palin
- Shwesandaw Pagoda
- Bu Paya
- Sulamani Temple
When it comes to accommodations, you can visit the Bagan Thande Hotel, The Hotel Temple View, The Hotel at Tharabar Gate, Bagan Hotel, Royal Bagan Hotel, Kaday Aung Hotel, and Zfreeti Hotel. Rates range from USD 23 to USD 75.