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Top Things To Do & See In Bagan

Visit the temples

When you come to Bagan, the first thing you should do is to visit and learn about the temples here. Some main temples visitors can visit such as Ananda Phaya Temple is the best preserved and most intact; Dhamma Yangyi is one of the largest temples in the area and has the pyramid architecture; Shwesandaw is the best place to watch the sunset and sunrise in Bagan. And many other temples are waiting for visitors to explore.

Watch Bagan from the balloon

The former Bagan city attracts visitors by the beauty of hundreds of years old temples, but the best way to see and feel the beauty of this land is to use a balloon. You will be overwhelmed by the thousands of temples here in the most comprehensive way. This will be the best experience of visitors to Myanmar.

Use local transportations

The use of local transportation is one of the things tourists should do in Bagan, in which horse carriages are the most popular transportation. Horse carriage not too fast, just slow enough so that visitors can enjoy the scenery here, peaceful space, and chat with local people.

Enjoy Bagan cuisine

The food in Bagan is much cheaper than other tourist destinations in Myanmar, the taste is well suited to visitors from many other countries.

Top 6 Best Bagan Temples – Fascinating Temples To Come on Bagan Tour

All visitors go to Bagan wanting to see the time-honored works here. Each of the sanctuaries in Bagan has its own mark, so it is not fair to say which the temple or pagoda is the best when coming to Bagan. Below are the top attractions recommended by us for your best Bagan tour.

Shwesandaw Pagoda

Both considered being the most high-light place and the highest temple in Bagan for watching the dawn and sunset covering the ancient city of Bagan. The pagoda contains a series of five terraces, 4 sides, topped with a cylindrical stupa. However, each side has high steep stairs so it is very convenient for tourists to enjoy the scenery.

Ananda Temple

Ananda is an ancient and famous temple, built in Bagan - the former capital of Myanmar. Not only has Ananda Temple existed in a long historical process but also been considered the most important temple in Bagan, so it is well preserved by being repainted frequently and is the most intact temple today. Probably this is why its population has such a brilliant beauty that goes away from all the visitors who have been attracted by the Temple. Ananda Temple symbolizes the limitless wisdom of Buddha and can not be ignored by any visitors on Bagan tour.

Dhammayangyi Temple

Well known as the widest temple in Bagan and built in a plan similar to that of Ananda Temple. The ancient people of Bagan, Myanmar had to use 6 million bricks to build the temple. It has a very different architecture than other works in this area. It doesn’t have a pointed spire in the middle hanging a wind chime as usual that it looks like a pyramid. The temple was built under the reign of King Narathu for three years, and was left unfinished when the king was murdered so local residents often call this a "ghost temple".

Sulamani Temple

“Precious Gem” is another name of the Sulamani Temple. It is well-known as Bagan's "precious pearl in the crown". This one, built around the 12th century, is famous as a work, complete with elaborate bricks with delicate carvings. And nowadays, the Sulamani Temple is one of the most numerous surviving frescoes on the walls. The temple was quite strongly damaged and restored many times, through the renovation that the temple does not retain the sharp architectural lines but this is still a “hot” tourist attraction in Bagan.

Shwezigon Pagoda

Among the thousands of sacred ancient pagodas in Bagan, Myanmar, Shwezigon – a renowned pagoda with the ancient religious architecture and sanctuary of Myanmar. Built in the 11th century, this is a model pagoda for temples built later in Myanmar. This pagoda, a Buddhist religious place, is believed to enshrine the forehead and collarbone of Gautama Buddha. For outstanding architecture, luxury and splendor, many Myanmar tourists comment that Shwezigon is similar to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

Bagan Weather

Bagan has a tropical climate so the weather here is characterized by two major seasons: the rainy season and dry season. The months you’d better avoid going to Bagan is from March to May – sweltering months, and from June to October - when there is heavy rainfall. In addition, the remaining months also show the tropical climate here. Specifically, from January to February, the weather is quite cold so let's wear warm. The low season for tourism in Bagan is in July and August because of the rainy season.

Best Time To Visit Bagan

Therefore, the best time to travel to Bagan is from November the previous year to February next year. However, this is also the peak time for tourism in Myanmar, so you have to book everything from air tickets or train tickets to hotel accommodations to sightseeing tours.

Bagan General Information

Location: Burma Center
Language: Burmese
Currency: Kyat Myanmar (MMK)
Time Zone: GMT+6:30
International Dialing Code: +95

Bagan People, City, and Culture

Bagan People

Most of the people in Bagan follow Buddhism, they are very nice, warm and friendly but have a little hesitation. Do not wear too revealing clothes if you want to get noticed. In places of worship, your legs and shoulders are carefully covered, you also have to take off your shoes, sock before going inside these places. In addition, Bagan is a country still quite strict with women and expressing feelings in public would become less sympathetic to the people here

Bagan City

Bagan was an ancient city, and its former name is Pagan. This area was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom from the 9th to 13th centuries in central Myanmar today. Currently, Bagan is one of the most concentrated Buddhism temples and pagodas places in the world. There were more than 10.000 Buddhist monuments built here, and there are only about 2,000 remaining monuments nowadays. These Buddhist works are the main reason to attract visitors to Myanmar.

Bagan Culture

Myanmar culture is exceptional, from the language, the literature to daily living habits. In Myanmar, the main language is Burmese and it’s also the mother tongue of Burmese. The main and most popular religion of Burmese is Buddhism, so Burmese literature was heavily influenced by Buddhism. In addition, this country is regarded as the longest tradition of eating betel nuts and the most one in the world, from the elderly to children, even men and women.

Bagan Transportation

For the first time come here, you need to have the map immediately, some hotels will provide the map for the guest, or you can buy with MMK1k only price. Since you've got the map in hand, you can start exploring Bagan by a variety of means, such as taxis, horse cart, bicycle, electrical bike, and balloon.

Bagan Phone & Internet

Although the hotel and restaurant have Wi-Fi but the transmission speed is sluggish!