Things to do in Bagan

Top Things to Do in Bagan

Things to Do in Bagan

Top Attractions in Bagan


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  • Suresh
    18 contributions
    A throw back in to the history of Myanmar by almost a millennium. beautiful temples scattered around a huge area. they say there are almost 2200 temples of the 10000 still surviving there. devastated by the nature by earthquakes over centuries and marred by the neglect of successive administrations, most of the temples are in semi-ruined state. one can see the ruins and rubbles of pagodas which have been razed to the ground as you travel through the landscape. some pagodas like Ananda and Dammayangyi are still well maintained. this is a world heritage site and the locals are completely dependent on tourists. a number of hotels, restaurants, handicraft shops are all over the town . must do things are ride on horse carts across the landscape, hot air balloon in the morning over the pagodas, see sunset and sunrise at view points, boat ride on Irrawady, visit to Bagan Archeological Museum and the local handicraft and laquerware shops. This place needs atleast 5 days if you wan to enjoy and explore the beuty of the place.
    Written 21 June 2022
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  • JoyBose
    Bengaluru, India344 contributions
    This is the most beautiful ad most famous temple in Bagan.

    The temple complex consists of long walkways from all the four directions. There is a huge standing buddha in each of the four directions, in the main shrine.

    There are also multiple smaller shrines in the complex, including Buddha figures in different sitting and standing postures. There are multiple paintings as well, on the walls. There are two layers of walls surrounding the main shrine (with 4 standing Buddha figures in 4 directions) and these walls are filled with amazing painted windows and sculptures which are a joy to behold.

    The exterior of the temple is also majestic, especially in the early morning and evening.

    There are lots of shops in the corridors and also outside the temple complex, selling all kinds of Burmese handicrafts, clothes, lacquerware, buddha idols etc.

    Being the main temple in Bagan, this is often crowded, with lots of devotees praying or offering flowers at the Buddha shrines.
    Written 3 November 2020
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  • JoyBose
    Bengaluru, India344 contributions
    This is a huge pagoda complex in Bagan. It includes the main pagoda and also many smaller temples. The atmosphere is very inspiring and devotional, with many devotees circumambulating, chanting, offering incense or meditating around the pagoda.

    There is a huge variety of architectures of the smaller temples and the main pagoda, which makes it so unique and a must visit.

    There is a walkway from the main Bagan road (leading to other main temples like Ananda temple), which goes via a number of markets selling Burmese traditional clothes, lacquerware etc.

    The pagoda can get a little crowded in the evenings.

    All in all, this beautiful golden pagoda is a must see for all visitors to Bagan.
    Written 3 November 2020
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  • JoyBose
    Bengaluru, India344 contributions
    This pagoda was one of the high places from where one could observe the beautiful sunrise and sunset over Bagan. So it was usually crowded with tourists and visitors in sunset time.

    But now, climbing the pagoda is not allowed, probably due to safety concerns. So one can no longer use it to watch the sunset. But it is nevertheless still a beautiful and symmetrical pagoda. The architecture is unique compared to the other Bagan pagodas. It has a number of stairs in all the four directions to go to the higher levels.

    One must leave shoes outside the complex before entering. The are also lots of shops outside this pagoda complex.
    Written 3 November 2020
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  • sawhneysaab
    Delhi836 contributions
    You'll definitely like the temple's architecture and the Buddha statues. A must visit temple, when you're in Bagan.
    Written 28 February 2020
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  • sawhneysaab
    Delhi836 contributions
    One of the must visit temples in Old Bagan. Fascinating architecture and mesmerizing Buddha statues.
    Written 28 February 2020
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  • KodoDrummer
    Yekaterinburg, Russia64,094 contributions
    The temple complex with its labyrinth of passageways was built over the 1167 to 1170 period under orders of King Narathu, but never completed due to the assassination of the king. Impressive brickwork.
    Written 12 May 2020
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  • Cherry
    Mandalay, Myanmar29 contributions
    Sulamani Guphaya Temple was built by King Narapatisithu. The temple has a Meditation Monument. You can see many Ink words and well painting in the wall. It has two story building structure and amazing architecture style.
    Written 19 March 2020
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  • Rai
    Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar7 contributions
    An ancient heritage pagoda in Bagan (Nyaung Oo)which is situated on the left side of Nyaung Oo-Myingyan main road.Also can View to Ayeyarwady River from pagoda.
    Written 7 July 2020
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  • Champagne Vie UK
    London, UK36 contributions
    It's difficult to find all these spectacular gems! The best way to not miss anything is to hire a local tuk tuk driver. MIN MIN tour guide made my trip amazing and he's a great photographer! He knows the perfect places for the most STUNNING views and photos! Enjoy! MIN MIN 009 592 67108690
    Written 11 October 2019
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  • dustythoughts
    Manchester, CT1,616 contributions
    This very large, imposing temple (over 46 meters tall), composed of terraces and elaborate plaster and brick, is worth a visit for the architecture and for the solid sense of presence that it provides. It can get very crowded, especially with all of the vendors - come here early in the morning to get a good sense of the temple without all of the crowds.
    Written 5 May 2020
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  • WhiteMouseBurrow
    Moscow, Russia2,343 contributions
    TripAdvisor why did you put a photo of a cabman instead of a photo of a temple ???
    A small well-preserved temple. Inside, the statues have also been preserved (restored).
    Written 11 January 2020
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  • milliesmum2016
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,809 contributions
    This is just a litle hillock where you can watch the sun set over the temples if you are lucky and if you time it right. It;s crowded with camera boffins all setting up their gear and looking earnest. There are also lots of souvenir and clothing sellers moving among the assembled throng and pitching for a sale.
    Written 7 February 2020
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  • sawhneysaab
    Delhi836 contributions
    I would say that it is one of the top ten temples to visit when you are visiting the Old Bagan city.
    Written 28 February 2020
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  • sawhneysaab
    Delhi836 contributions
    One of the tallest temples to see when you're in the Old Bagan city. You'll like the Buddha paintings and statues.
    Written 28 February 2020
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