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Bagan Areas 

A historic capital, Bagan, known as city of four million Pagodas, is the richest archaeological site in Asia. This enchanting city is situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River about 193 km south of Mandalay.

The ruins of the city of Bagan covers an area of 42 sq.-km containing over 2000 edifices. The majority of these well-preserved temples and pagodas of a rich architectural heritage from the 11th to 13th century Era.

How to get there   

It takes about one hour and twenty minutes to fly from Yangon to Bagan / Nyaung U. There are daily flights to Bagan during the tour season. By overland Express Trains to Mandalay stop at Thazi junction from which one can take a bus to Bagan. The newly constructed Railways lines of Mandalay- Bagan was unveiled on 19th September, 1996. The express trains are running daily and the round-trip takes about 8 hours only. There is a regular bus and steamer service between Mandalay and Bagan.

Ananda Temple

The Ananda Temple, completed in 1090, is King Kyansitha's master-piece and the crowning achievement of the early style of temple architecture. The plan is that of a perfect Greek cross. There are 4 huge Buddha images in standing position and a series of 80 relieves depicting the Final Life of the Buddha from His Birth to His Enlightenment, which is notable. The Ananda Pagoda festival held in January is a big event drawing pilgrims even from far away places.


That byin nyu Temple

Over 66 metres high, the temple was built by King Alaungsithu in the middle of 15th century. It overtops all other monuments and affords visitors a magnificent panorama of Bagan Plains.

Shwegugyi Temple

Standing on high brick plinth, this temple was built by King Alaung Sithu in 1131 AD The arch-pediments, pilasters, plinth and comice moulding are decorated with fine stucco carving, evidence of Myanmar architecture in the early 12th century.

Guibyaukgyi Temple (Wet Kyi Inn)

a 13th century temple with a spire resembling the Maha-bodhi temple at Budha Gaya. This temple is known for its well paintings depicting scenes from the Jataka.

Htilo Minlo Temple

Built about ( 1211 A.D) by Nan-daung-mya Min, the Htilo Minlo is one of the largest temples of Bagan. It is a double-storied structure rising 50 metres above the ground. This temple is noted for its fine plaster carving on the arch-pediments, frieze and pilaster.

Shwezigon Pagoda

It was built by King Anawratha and completed by King Kyansitha in 1084. Shwezigon Pagoda is the prototype for later Myanmar Pagodas. There are green glazed plaques depicting scenes from the Jataka. The pagoda festival is held from late October to early November.

Bupaya Pagoda

Standing on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy, the Bupaya Pagoad is conspicuous landmark for travelers along the river. This pagoda with a bulbous dome resembling the "Bu" or gourd fruit is a favourate spot for visitors to watch the sunset.


Masterpieces of lacquer-ware have been the pride of Bagan since the days of the Bagan Empire. It is still main industry of Bagan since the days of the Bagan Empire. It is still the main industry of Bagan today and every body can see the process of making lacquer-wares from the basic stage to the finished products ready for sale at the shops. Lacquer-ware such as ash-trays, bowls, jewellery boxes, trays and paintings are the best souvenirs of Bagan.


Mount Popa

Mount Popa, 1500 metres high, is an extinct volcano located about 67-km south-east of Bagan. Among the western foothills, the mountain stands a perpendicular rock formation with almost vertical sides. The whole top is dotted with pagodas and shrines which are made accessible by a series of stairways. It is generally known as the abode of legendary "Nats" (Spirit Gods) for which the annual festival is held during the Myanmar month of Nayon (May / June).


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