This Byin Nyu temple was built in the middle of the 12th century during the reign of King Alaungsithu. Next, to the Ananda Temple, it is the tallest building in Bagan. “Thatbyinnyu” means “omniscience” that the Buddha is supposed to have attained after enlightenment. There are some rundown temples near That Byin Nyu and an old city wall which is just a short walk away.
Here, too, visitors can expect elaborate ceiling and wall paintings, as in the Sule Gone Phaya. The Buddha is hidden in gold and deep inside the temple so that hardly any light falls. Outside you can still see many detailed ornaments, as they are also found at the Gubyauk Gyi Temple.