Attractions in Bagan

Buu Pagoda

History and Background

Bupaya Pagoda (Bu meaning “gourd” and paya meaning “pagoda”) which has a bulbous shaped dome is located at a bend on the right bank of Ayeyarwady River, in Bagan. It was built by Pyusawhti, Third King of Bagan who ruled Bagan during the end of the 3rd century.However, historians place it closer to the 9th or the 11th century (respectively when Bagan city was founded or the city walls were built). According to the local legend, he was a conqueror of five nuisances and managed to free Bagan Kingdom. The original pagoda was built in Pyu style, adescendant from the Indian style stupa. It was destroyed completely and fallen into the Ayeyarwaddy River by the 1975 earthquake.

Why should visit

Watching sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River is one of the most spotted view of Bupaya and it also possesses a clear view on the river bank. There is an activity to take photos by posing holding the sun in their hands.


Bagan can be visited all year round.


  • Bagan is accessible by air from all the major cities of Myanmar. The airport in Bagan is called Nyaung U. The nearest international airports are in Yangon and Mandalay. The flight duration is 1 hour 20 minutes from Yangon and only 20 minutes from Mandalay.
  • Bagan is well-connected by road with the rest of the country. Regular bus services are available from Mandalay, Yangon and other cities.
  • Bagan can also be reached by train. Overnight trains run daily from Yangon, departing around 4:00 PM from Yangon and reaching Bagan at around 10:00 AM the next day. There is a train service between Mandalay and Bagan as well and takes around 7 hours to reach.
  • There is a daily express ferry service from Mandalay to Bagan which leaves at 7:00 AM from Mandalay and takes around 8 hours to reach Bagan. This is one of the most scenic rides and highly recommended in case you have time to spare.