Attractions in Bagan

Dhammayangyi Temple

History and Background

The largest temple structure in Bagan, Dhammayangyi Temple is a cave pagoda and was built between 1167 and 1170 by King Narathu. It has an intriguing past as the legacy of one of the most bloodthirsty kings in Burmese history. Viewed from a distance, its structure resembles an Egyptian pyramid. The temple is about 1km to the Southeast of the city walls. Although never completed most of the arches and the major portion of the structure are still intact.

Why should visit

Dhammayangyi Temple is the largest of all the temples in Bagan, approximately 77.7 m on each of its four sides. Oriented towards the east, the temple has four entrances at the cardinal directions, each containing a seated Buddha image on a pedestal, resembling the Ananda Temple. It displays the finest brickwork and is worth a visit.


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.