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Bargaya Monastery

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Address: Mandalay, Myanmar
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Beautiful teak monastery at Inwa

We ended up here as part of our tour so did not have any of the hassles mentioned elsewhere as the boat and horse and cart ride at Inwa had already been arranged. The whole... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We ended up here as part of our tour so did not have any of the hassles mentioned elsewhere as the boat and horse and cart ride at Inwa had already been arranged. The whole journey to get there was good fun especially as our boat broke down and had to be rescued by another. The teak monastery itself is... More 

Thank JJOH
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed touring this monastery. It is all made of teak which is different. A little worn down but interesting.

Thank André B
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Less grand than other monasteries of the same type found in Mandalay. Feels a bit more like walking through a teak forest. However, its simplicity adds to its authenticity, and obvious current functioning.

Thank FyingKiwi
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The short boat ride then a horse & cart through the scenic countryside to this monastery is worth doing. Enjoyed chatting with the locals at the jetty, some were sellers (not pushy) and others were doing their washing.

Thank mzveej
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

First of all, beware that a lot of the pics on TA are jot of Bargaya monastery but other monasteries in town! Even though the dimension of its pillars is impressive and it is a very peaceful place and with barely any tourist, I must say I felt a bit disappointed. This was meant to be the big impressive monastery... More 

Thank kitsune87
Montreal, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful monastery but not different than every other teak monastery. Very crowded. Tourist trap. Part of the archeological zone ticket. Our taxi driver brought us to the boat (that we had to pay for) then the monastery is so far you cannot walk there. A good 10-15 min by horse cart, which is way overpriced. You shouldn't pay more than... More 

Thank evelynstrudel
Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

The whole place is quite interesting. Take your time and walk slowly, you will then enjoy a lot. If you wait enough, you ight meet young monks

Flagstaff, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Bagaya Kyaung is an 1834 teak monastery supported by 267 posts. As in other old monastery buildings, the massive main hall is divided in two with a seated Buddha on one side, and the other empty except for some scripture cabinets. A multi-tiered tower at one end of the complex stands above an open-sided pavilion. Doors and other features have... More 

Thank BillWeir
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Inwa Island is a fascinating place with wonderful sights. We travelled around in a horse and cart to visit this amazing monastery. Intricate carvings, stunning location. One of the must see destinations if in Mandalay, so make sure you allow time for a trip out of the capital or you will miss one of the best sights in the area.... More 

Thank Raelene H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

From the outside this monastery is majestic. Wooden cravings are very intricate and beautiful. I can easily just sit here a few hours.

Thank WanderlustBKK

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