Nathlaung Kyaung Temple Description:
The Nathlaung Kyaung Temple is one of the oldest structures in the ancient city of Bagan, and the only standing temple dedicated to Hindu deities.
It’s believed the square structure was originally used by traveling merchants from the Indian subcontinent, and administered by Brahmin priests who served the Kings of Pagan. The 11th century structure was dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, and at onetime would have contained numerous sculptures including statues of Vishnu’s various avatars, but only seven images have survived the passage of time. Ancient murals depicting the Hindu god Vishnu can still be seen on the interior walls of the temple.
Best Time to Visit Nathlaung Kyaung Temple:
The weather for sightseeing on the Bagan Plains is the best between November and May during Myanmar’s dry season. The rainy season follows between June and October, bringing needed moisture to the region’s thick vegetation.
How to get to Nathlaung Kyaung Temple:
The thousands of temple ruins on the Bagan Plains are dominated by the Buddhist religion. Nathlaung Kyaung Temple is the sole structure dedicated to another religion. Nathlaung Kyaung predates the majority of the other standing structures, which may signify an inherit acceptance of outside cultures and traditions within the Kingdom of Pagan.
It’s also likely that the temple was used as a blueprint for the thousands of other temples that were constructed over several centuries on the Bagan Plains. Visits to Nathlaung Kyaung Temple help our guests better understand the civilization that ruled ancient Myanmar.
Nathlaung Kyaung Temple Highlights:
The Nathlaung Kyaung Temple is one of the thousands of intact religious structures that populate the ancient city of Bagan. Guests on our luxury tours of Myanmar reach the area via a flight from Yangon, and then explore the ruins of the ancient Kingdom of Pagan in a private vehicle with the help of a tour guide.
When visiting places of religious importance, it’s best to dress conservatively in clothing that covers your shoulders, arms, and knees.