Mural at a temple in Bagan
Mural at a temple in Bagan

Bagan

Bagan is 700km north of Yangon, wellknown for the magical plain dotted with thousands of Buddhist Temples and Pagodas.

 Bagan is where you can travel back in time and loose your way amid thousands of temples and pagodas dating back between the 11th and 13th centuries. Bagan was the capital of Pagan Kingdom which was formed around the 9th century A.D and which later brought other regions under control, which together made up what is modern Myanmar nowadays.

Dawn over Bagan
Dawn over Bagan

A complete tour of Bagan gains you knowledge of the beginning period of Myanmar history, of the traditional architecture of Myanmar, of how Theravada Buddhism started in Myanmar and helped to shape up the important part in the Myanmarese culture. The highlights of a tour of Bagan include visits to Dhammayan Gyi, That Byinnyu, Ananda Temples and Shwezigon Pagoda; magical sun rise and sunset over the Bagan plains and the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River.

Misty plain of Bagan
Misty plain of Bagan

 

Panoramic view of Bagan from Shwesandaw Temple
Panoramic view of Bagan from Shwesandaw Temple

 

Sunset at Bagan
Sunset at Bagan

 

Sunset on the Ayeyarwady River at Bagan
Sunset on the Ayeyarwady River at Bagan