Sulamani Temple in the Bagan Complex


Running from pagoda to pagoda and looking at ticking off as many places of our list as we can. Bagan is as beautiful as it gets. It has lovely complexes all having numerous places of worship. Most of them offer beautiful spots to watch the sunrise and sunset from. Sulamani is a Buddhist temple located in the village of Minnanthu (southwest of Bagan) in Burma. The temple is one of the most-frequently visited in Bagan. It was built in the 12th century by King Narapatisithu. The Sulamani temple also shows influence from the Dhammayangyi temple, and was the model for the Htilominlo temple.

There was a very powerful earthquake on 8th July 1975. The earthquake “irreparably damaged many of the great temples of Bagan, an artistic landmark of Asia and the center of the Burmese national culture.” Burma’s Director General of Archeology said the earthquake the worst in the last 900 years of recorded history. Art historians rank the archeological treasures of Bagan (formerly called Pagan) with the renowned temple complex at Angkor Wat or with the European artworks of Venice and Florence.

Extensive restorations are in place with many countries majorly India lending a hand. The green piece of plastic on top of the picture shows some of the restoration work happening.

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