Htilominlo Temple, Bagan

  • Location: Close to the road between Nyaung U and Bagan, Myanmar
  • Status: The last Myanmar Style temple built in Bagan
  • Founded: In 1218
  • By: King Htilominlo
  • Attractions: A large majestic structure towering 46 meters high, visible traces of old murals.


About only 1.5 kilometers northeast of Bagan, Htilominlo Temple was built in 1211 after the name of King Htilominlo which is a misreading of a Pali word meaning “blessings of the three worlds”. It is a red brick double storey structure of 46 meters high which was modeled after Sulamani Temple. On its first floor, there are four Buddha statues facing four cardinal directions: North, South, East and West.

Also known as Nadaungmya, Htilominlo was the last king who built temples in Bagan. His works include Gawdawpalin Temple whose constructions was started by his father, King Narapatisithu, Mahabodhi Temple which was a replica of an Indian pagoda of the same name, and Htilominlo Temple which was built to commemorate the day he was chosen to be the crown prince. According to legend, in this ritual, five sons of King Narapatisithu stood inside a circle. In the middle of the circle was a white umbrella, and the prince who the umbrella fell towards would become the next Pagan King.

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