A treat for culture vultures or travellers in seek of a spiritual retreat, Bagan is filled with over 2000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and stupas spreading over 42 square kilometres! Rich in history, it was the capital of the First Burmese Empire from the 9th to 13th centuries.
From the magnificent temple architecture, fine mural or frescos painting, brilliant stucco carvings and intricate Buddha images, Bagan makes it very difficult not to be captivated by its intrinsic beauty and tranquillity.
It comprises of 3 main areas – Nyaung Oo (in the north, where the airport is located), Old Bagan slightly below that (where you’ll find an array of gorgeous temples and pagodas), and New Bagan in the south, where a majority of locals reside. In the middle of both towns, you will find Myinkaba, a small village famed for its lacquerware that’s a good stopover location if you want to pick up some souvenirs for home.
If you’re interested in combing through Bagan’s spectacular temples, a visit to the Bagan Archaeological Zone is a must. Spanning over an impressive 26 square miles, the area plays home to various breath-taking temples.
One of the first temples you should visit in Bagan is the Dhammayangyi Temple, that is renounced for its brickwork and masonry. One of the best preserved temples in Bagan, it is located just a short stroll southeast of Shwesandaw. Similarly, a visit to the Ananda Temple is a must too. Completed in 1901, the temple is capped by a golden stupa that reaches 168 feet above the ground. Smaller pagodas stand at each of its four corners too – adding to its magnificence.
One thing you must try when in Bagan is hot air ballooning! Offering incredible bird’s eye views of Bagan, you’re definitely going to want to bring your camera along for the ride. If you are afraid of heights though, witnessing a mass of colourful hot air balloons rising into the air from afar is quite magnificent too!
As a special tip for first time visitors, do remember to bring sunblock and pack clothes that will keep you cool as the weather can be quite hot. Also, do remember that appropriate attire should be worn to temples. For a more helpful hints, click here.
Though a bike ride around Bagan will no doubt allow you to get up close and personal with the sights and sounds of the town, it is advisable to travel via car if you’re not familiar with the terrain. Explore Bagan in comfort and luxury with Dignitas! Call +959 77777 3939 to book today!