Built in the 11th century, the Gawdawpalin Pahto is one of the largest temples and, the second tallest temple in Bagan. In fact, it looks like a slightly smaller version of Thatbyinnyu, the tallest temple.
The temple is a two storey building, 55-meters-tall (180 feet). The lower part is composed by three terraces, and is surrounded by a corridor that contains a Buddha image on each of the four sides. The upper and smaller part, with four terraces, contains one Buddha image. On the top you will find a square tower, a conical spire and an umbrella
As in the other temples built at the same time, a sikhara (an Indian style tower), and an umbrella top the Gawdawpalin Temple.