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Upali Thein

Upali Thein is one of Bagan, Myanmar’s most iconic historical and religious sites.

Upali Thein is a perfect picture of a sima or ordination hall that was used during the 13th century. It is named after the monk Upali and it is one of the remaining buildings that have roof battlements which are the same with Burmese wooden architecture. In the hall’s interior are brightly painted frescoes from the 17th and 18th century filling every wall and ceiling. There are also vividly large and continuous murals that show the renunciation of the world by past Buddhas, and consecration of the hall by the King.



Upali Thein is located in Bagan, Myanmar, across Htilominlo Temple.


Opening Days and Hours

The place is open every day from 8:00 to 17:00.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance to this attraction is free.


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 Upali Thein.


Suggested For

  • Solo travelers/backpackers
  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Families


Time to Spend

Understand more about the beliefs of the people of Bagan by exploring Upali Thein for an hour.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

You can visit the temple anytime since it doesn’t always get crowded. The best time to visit is between 8:00 and 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.



Nearby Attractions

  • Gawdaw Palin
  • Bu Paya
  • Shweshandar Pagoda



When it comes to accommodations, you can visit 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.

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