Travel Myanmar | Bagan Attractions
11538
page-template,page-template-full_width,page-template-full_width-php,page,page-id-11538,mkd-core-1.1,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,burst-ver-2.1, vertical_menu_with_scroll,smooth_scroll,blog_installed,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.5.2,vc_responsive

Located in Central Myanmar, only 4-hours away from Mandalay, Bagan is one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. Visit this amazing historical town hosting more than 2,200 temples big and small. Set amongst thick greenery in the Ayeyarwady river basin with misty mountains at a distance.

Bagan will surely enchant you with its mystical appearance. Be enchanted by thousands of temples rising above the canopy of trees – a view you will not be able to see anywhere else in the world. Bagan offers a host of exciting activities to a traveller which makes a visit memorable.

Things To Do

Tharabar Gate

If you visit Bagan, you cannot miss the Tharabar Gate. It is a historic structure which has stood the test of time. Built by King Pyinbya in 849 AD, Tharabar Gate was destroyed considerably by the Mongols. Originally, there were 12 gates. However, today, remnants of the old defensive structure can be seen around the city and on the way to Ayeyarwady River. Some sections of the gate are as high as 5 meters. Locals believe the gate to be guarded by spiritual beings – Lord of the Great Mountain on the left side and his sister Golden face on the right side.

Nan Myint Viewing Tower

Want to see a panoramic view of the temples of Bagan but don’t want to take a hot air balloon ride? Don’t worry, we got you covered. Simply climb up the Nan Myint Viewing Tower and you will be able to see a 360-degree view of the temple compound. There are a cafe and restaurant on the ground floor where you can grab some quick refreshment. Marvel at the mesmerising view of temples jutting in all directions. A small tip from our side – climb up the tower during sunrise or sunset and you will never forget what you see!

Bagan Cultural Musuem

Take a break from continuous temple visit and spend some time under the shade while you get a real understanding of Bagan archeological heritage. The museum houses outstanding exhibits which will give you a true feel of the place. If you have not done your homework before visiting Bagan, this museum will give you a detailed overview which will make your temple viewing experience more fruitful. In that case, we recommend visiting the museum before starting the temple tour. Keep a special lookout for the Myazedi inscription.

Lacquerware Workshop

Looking for the traditional handicraft of Bagan? You got to visit the lacquerware workshops located in the city. You can understand the process of coating, drying and making lacquerware product starting with a woven bamboo framework. Marvel at the intricate designs the skilled artisans draw on the products. Don’t forget to buy some nice lacquerware mementoes for friends and family, we guarantee that they will love them. You will get a variety of decorative items to adorn your house.

Did You Know?

Bagan has the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world.

Pagodas

Maha Zedi Pagoda

 

Visit this well-proportioned zedi built in the early 1980s on General Ne Win’s orders to commemorate the unification of Theravada Buddhism in Myanmar. It is connected by a footbridge to the southern gateway of Shwedagon Paya. The structure is hollow decorated with a beautiful blue dome with a painting of star constellations. The sacred relics of the zedi relic chamber has been contributed by the King of Nepal and later enriched with 11-level hti by General Ne Win.

HTILOMINLO PAGODA

 

A visit to this 46-meter high ornate temple built during the 13th century is a must during a temple tour in Bagan. It is located near Central Old Bagan and can be easily accessed through vehicles or e-bikes. Named after King Htilominlo, this temple has a brick structure which was originally plastered with white stucco. You can see the remnants of the original stucco in some places. The temple contains intricately designed carvings on its walls.

SHWEZINGON PAGODA

 

You have to marvel at this magnificent gold structure when you are in Bagan. It is a circular gold leaf-gilded stupa surrounded by smaller temples and shrines. The uppermost part is ornately decorated with patterns of upturned and downturned lotus petals. It is located at the bank of the Ayeyarwady river and hence you can get a beautiful view of the river from here. Take some time off and sit in the quiet environment of the pagoda, you will feel the peace of the surrounding area.

AHLODAWPYE PAGODA

 

This is a place of worship for the locals and hence will give you a glimpse of the culture of the country. It is full of devotees and monks chanting prayers. There is a fresco wall in the temple which is beautiful. You can walk up the temple located behind this pagoda and enjoy a pretty view of the sunrise or sunset. You can interact with the locals, pray and be peaceful in this pagoda.

SHWESANDAW PAGODA

 

This is one of the most popular pagodas in Bagan. Located near the city centre, it is easily accessible. Earlier, people could climb up the pagoda but it has been stopped due to earthquake and rain damage. You will have to remove your shoes and socks prior to entry. You can get a memorable view of the sunset from this pagoda. Shwesandaw Pagoda should definitely feature in your temple tour in Bagan.

Entry Fee To Popular Destinations

Place Fees
Bagan Zone Fee (Includes all pagodas within the Bagan archaeological zone) USD 20 or EURO 20
Bagan Archaeological Museum USD 5
Bagan Tower USD 10
  • Bagan Awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status

    The ancient Archaeological Site, Bagan, becomes Myanmar’s second entry on the World Heritage List. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee inscribed the site on the list during its 43rd session, held in...

  • Fantastic Facts About Bagan & Mandalay

    Fantastic Facts About Bagan & Mandalay Mandalay and Bagan are the two most visited cities in Myanmar. What’s so special about these two cities to warrant such a title? Bagan – The temple t...

  • Hot Air Balloon Rides in Bagan

    It was around 4.00 AM when I received the wake-up call from the hotel. Rise and shine, it’s time for the iconic Bagan Balloon Ride. Yay! And oh, what an adventure it was! I highly recommend the ball...

  • TWO DAYS IN BAGAN

    DAY 1: An Intriguing Adventure – Answering Bagan’s Call by Uma Mageshwary Gunasakaran Though now listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list, Bagan has been no stranger to history and culture en...