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Bagan Attractions

Overview of Bagan

The ruins of medieval Bagan – nowadays officially known as the “Bagan Archaeological Zone” – are scattered over an area of roughly 50 sq km (26 sq miles), 290km (180 miles) southwest of Mandalay on the east bank of the Ayeyarwady River. Formerly inhabited by between 50,000 and 200,000 people, the lost city is now largely deserted, with most of the local population and tourist-related businesses confined to settlements on the peripheries, leaving the monuments rising in a state of charismatic isolation inland.

An estimated 2,200 temples, pagodas, kyaung and other religious structures rise above the plains here – survivors from the crop of around 13,000 erected between Anawrahta’s conquest of Thaton in 1057 and Kublai Khan’s invasion of the Bamar Empire in 1287. The spectacle of their towers and finials bristling from the table of flat scrubland is hypnotic at any time of year, but especially so on mid-winter mornings, when river mist and cooking-fire smoke often enfolds the brick and stucco structures, glowing red in the first rays of daylight.

Bagan is huge. Don’t underestimate the size of the site or the heat of the central plains. It’s better to see some temples in detail and slowly than to rush through too many and exhaust yourself.

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Myanma Green Tea

The first and fore most origin of the tea is found in the source of Ayeyarwaddy and spreading the surrounding areas, such as Myanmar Assam border areas, Naga Land, Manipur and Lashi ranges in the eastern parts of Myanmar. In the western parts, China, Northern plateaus ...

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Buddhist / Meditation Retreats

For those interested in learning more about meditation and Buddhism there are several places to study and practice the religion. The most famous is the Mahasi Meditation Center in Yangon, founded in 1947 by Mahasi Sayadaw, one of Myanmar’s greatest meditation ...

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Hot Air Ballooning / Gilding

While in Bagan, hot air ballooning provides a wonderful view of this ancient and wondrous city with all its temples and pagodas. “Balloons over Bagan” carries third party and passenger liability insurance through Lloyds of London, with a fully trained first ...

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Elephant Riding / Horse Riding

Visitors can go for elephant rides at the Hlawgar Zoological Park in Yangon. Horseback riding can also be done near the horse race track in Kyaikasan,Yangon as well as near Inle Lake and near Taunggyi.

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Htilominlo temple

Htilomilo temple, which was built by King Nantaungmya in 1218, is a large temple located near to the road between Nyaung U and Bagan, about 1.5 km northeast of Bagan.The King built this temple to commemorate the place he was chosen as crown prince. This temple ...

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Nanpaya Temple

Nanpaya is a Hindu temple located in a village of the southern part of Bagan. Standing near the Manuha Temple, Nanpaya Temple is also one of the famous temples in Bagan. Considered as an 11th century temple, Nanpaya Temple is actually built from bricks and sandstones. ...

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Manuha temple

Manuha Temple is a Buddhist temple which built in 1067 by the Mon’s King Manuha. It is one of the oldest temples in Myanmar which located on the right side of the main road going south from Bagan. There is a building which contains three images of seated Buddha ...

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Bagan (Mandalay district)

Sights, an impossible collection of thousands of temples and monuments scattered over a vast plain. The buildings range in condition from ruined to resplendent, although many retain the power and majesty their devout designers intended. Most of the structures were ...

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