Htilominlo Temple Description:
Htilominlo Temple is one of the best preserved of the 2,000 Buddhist religious structures found on the Bagan Plains once ruled by the Kingdom of Pagan.
The 150-foot-high structure was completed in 1211 by King Htilominlo. The three-story temple was built to commemorate the king’s selection as heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Pagan. The exterior of the large building was originally encased in white stucco that had a series of intricate carvings cut into it by artisans.
The Htilominlo Temple marks the beginning of the end of the Kingdom of Pagan’s power in the region now known as Myanmar. King Htilominlo focused his energies on temple building during his 24 year reign, and the increasing amount of non-taxable land devoted to religious structures during his rule would lead to significant money problems for the kingdom during and after his lifetime. By 1280, only about one-third of the land in the area was cultivatable due to a century’s worth of tax-free religious compounds being built on the plains.
Best Time to Visit Htilominlo Temple:
The Bagan Plains are at their best for sightseeing during the dry temperate season that runs from November to May. Following the dry season, frequent showers fall between June and October, but during these wetter months the forests are revived to a stunning green thanks to the extra rain.
How to get to Htilominlo Temple:
The Htilominlo Temple is the high water mark of the Pagan Kingdom. After its construction, the kingdom faced continual financial and security issues brought about by the seemingly obsessive temple building of King Htilominlo and future rulers. A Mongol invasion crushed the city in 1287 stripping the temples of their gold and silver, and destabilizing the region so that the Kingdom of Pagan would never fully recover. This grand structure, marking a cultural highpoint for a now extinct kingdom, should not be missed while exploring the Bagan Plains.
Htilominlo Temple Highlights:
Htilominlo Temple is one of the thousands of Buddhist religious structures found in the ancient city of Bagan that served as the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan. Guests on our luxury tours of Myanmar reach the temple structure via a private vehicle while exploring the Bagan Plains with their tour guide.
As with many of the temple ruins in the area, Buddhist religious modesty dictates that visitors wear conservative clothing that covers their shoulders, arms, and knees while on sanctified ground. Areas within the Htilominlo Temple may also require you to remove your shoes before entering.