Manuha Temple

King Manuha built this temple in 1067, which makes it one of the oldest in Myanmar, although much of the temple is heavily restored. Supposedly, he had the temple built while in captivity – soon after the second Burmese empire was founded at Bagan, King Anawrahta captured the nearby Mon Kingdom and the royal family, which included the Mon King Manuha.

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When you first walk in, you’ll want to make your way to the three seated Buddhas. Then you’ll continue to the back of the building is a reclining Buddha in Nirvana. In front of the Buddha, you’ll see an enormous golden bowl where supplicants place offerings of rice and money. Legend says that because the King Manuha was unhappy with his captivity, all the Buddhas are a little too large for their enclosures, supposedly symbolizing the unhappiness the King felt at his captivity. This means that the temple is also pretty small, making it easy to appreciate in a short amount of time.