Dhammayan Gyi Temple, Bagan

  • Location: in Old Bagan, Myanmar
  • Status: a massive cave pagoda
  • Founded: A.D 1170
  • Denomination: Theravada Buddhism
  • Attractions: the excellent technique of brick-laying, sandstones


Dhammayangyi Temple is the most colossal Buddhist edifice in Bagan built by King Narathu, the son of King Alaungsithu. According to history, Narathu assassinated his own father and elder brother in order to become the 13th King of Pagan dynasty; therefore, he built this massive temple to compensate his sins. On the other hand, legends also have it that he was murdered because of his violence actions, and that is the reason why the temple’s construction was not finished.

The design of Dhammayangyi Temple is much similar to that of Ananda Temple, with two parallel corridors and four vestibules. Its name might be a variation from the word ‘Dhammaramsi’, meaning the ray of Dhamma.

The inside of Dhammayangyi Temple remains unknown up to this day as it is covered by thick and fine brick walls and hence inaccessible. Only its four gates and exterior corridors are open to visitors

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