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What to see? | Around Bagan





  Bagan is the biggest and one of the richest archaeological sites in south-east Asia with over 2200 monuments still standing, about 1000 are in ruins. There were originally 4446 monuments; temples, pagoda, monasteries, ordination halls, dotted in Bagan.

Once Bagan was the glorious and rich capital of the first Myanmar empire and 55 kings ruled over Bagan dynasty during 12 centuries. In 13th century, Bagan was destroyed by the Mongols and the city was broken up into several small kingdoms near Mandalay.

Today Bagan is world-heritage site and it is just a village with about 3000 inhabitants. They are living from agriculture and tourism. Bagan today is just a skeleton of the glorious past but this place, remaining thousand of ancient monuments, will bring you back 11th century and being in Bagan for a visit is really, really amazing.

Mandalay to Bagan boat trip is an excellent while relaxing and getting sunburn on the cruise during your travel. It takes about 8 hours.

Bagan Sightseeing, first Day in Bagan

Visit Nyaung Oo market ; Thanakha wood, it is a famous regional product which is used as traditional make up, local foods, fresh vegetables from sandbank of the river are sold on the open-air ground. Textiles, cosmetic, agricultural products and souvenirs such as lacquer-ware, handicraft can be seen in the market.

Shwe-zi-gon Pagoda, prototype for all Myanmar modern pagoda, built in 11 century and it is also said the most beautiful pagoda in Bagan.

Kyan-sit-tha Umin
11th century cave with frescos is thought to be meditation or monastery.

Gu-byauk-gyi Temple
13th century temple is remaining very fine frescos showing the scenes of stories of Buddha’s life.

Hti-lo-min-lo temple
Built in 1218, it is one of the four storey pagoda with a high of 46m and famous for its elaborate plaster carvings. It is also well known for its interesting story for the local Burmese.

Khae-min-ga Temple
It is a small temple where you can see the great panoramic view of Bagan from the centre part of it.

After taking a pause in a nice restaurant or lunch;
Visit Ananda temple; built in 1091, 51m high temple is one of the biggest, finest decorated, perfectly proportioned and best preserved of the Bagan temples. The temple is built with adapted Indian architectural style. There are 4 huge wooden figures in standing position inside the temple.

Shwe-gu-gyi Temple
Built in 1311 by King Alaung-si-thu who was assassinated by his son in this temple. Shwe-gu-gyi means “golden tomb”. According to the record inside the temple,It took about 7 months to finish. Beside the temple is ruined palace. One can see the wonderful panoramic view from that temple. The best time is at about 4 pm.

That-bin-nyu Temple
Built in12 century, 61m high 4 storey monument is the highest temple in Bagan. Unfortunately the walls are paint with lime by the unaware local which covered the original wall paintings.

Built in 931, it is the only Hindu temple remaining. Unlike inside of the other temple in Bagan, one can see only Hindu god figures inside. It is the evidence of Hinduism in Bagan period.

Built in 12 century, the biggest Temple in Bagan and it is famous for its finest brick work and history. It took 3 years to build.

Shwe-San-Daw Pagoda
Build in 1057, this graceful circular pagoda is meeting point for seeing beautiful sunset but a little bit crowded and be careful of the steep stairs to the top.

Second Day in Bagan

Ma-nu-ha Temple
It was built in 1059 by Mon King Ma-nu-ha who was captured by Bagan King, Anaw-ra-htar. Three huge seated Buddha Images and reclining Buddha Image were placed tight inside the temple.

Near Manuha Temple and it was supposed to be built King Ma-nu-ha and it is make of sand-stone.

Gu-pyauk-gyi (Myinkabar)
Built in 1113, one can see the magnificent wall paintings inside the temple and it is famous well-preserved fresco and its history.

Na-gar-yon paya
Built in 11 century, keeping standing Buddha figure which is covered by Dragon (Nagar) figure behind it.

Bagan Museum
A lot of original Buddha statues and stone inscription from the ruined temples are displayed. There are a lot of objects from ancient Bagan and portrait of the way of ancient Bagan life. Open hours: 9am to 4:30pm, admission US$ 4.

Lacquer-ware workshop
Bagan is the famous for its lacquer-ware product and without visiting lacquer-ware workshop is not complete in Bagan. Lacquer-ware was a long favourite of royalty for storing documents and jewellery. Myanmar Kings used to present often the lacquer objects as a gift to the foreign ambassadors.

The quality Lacquer-ware has 16 applications of coating lacquer and colour step by step. To finish the best quality lacquer-ware objects, it takes at least 6 months by coating lacquer or colour and drying in the cellar.

Built in 12 century, not like the other temple, it has 5 entrances which present to the previous 4 Buddha and the future Buddha. It is perfect to see the nice sunset from it. You shouldn’t miss it.


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