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(also known as Pagan) is one of the richest
archaeological sites in Asia. Bagan is also
famous for its tranquillity and majesty.
What to wear, carry - Casual and light
clothing is recommended but not skimpy dress nor
those that may offend reserved nature of
Myanmar. Light sweater or jacket will be useful
early in the morning and late evening especially
outside during cold season. Shoes and other
footwear must be removed before entering
pagodas, temples, monasteries and other
religious buildings and homes. A pair of Myanmar
slippers will be very useful.
Currency - It is recommended that enough
Myanmar Currency (Kyats) should be carried as
there are only very few authorized money changer
in Bagan. Foreign Exchange Currency (FEC) and US
dollars are widely accepted.
Export of antiques - and archaeological
objects are prohibited. Visitors are advised to
buy only the allowed items of handicrafts and
art objects from the registered souvenir shops.
Insist on to obtain the certified receipt from
the shops. Visitors are requested to show the
receipt upon request by the responsible official
concerned. Any illegal trade of prohibited items
will result in heavy penality.
The allowed items
Modern lacquerwares & tapestries.
Modern figurines (However, bronze Buddha
images, bonze weights in Hamsa and Lion
design, and Pyu artisans brozen figurines
are not allowed).
Modern wooden carvings and marionettes.
Clay and terra-cotta art-objects (However,
clay tobacco pipes and terra-cotta votive
tablets are not allowed).
Pictures made of straw, oil color paintings,
water-color painting, modern cloth-paintings
mosaic picture on wooden plaques.
is the main tourist attraction in Myanmar. One
of the richest archaeological sites in Asia, it
is located on the east bank of Ayeyarwaddy
River. The whole space is thickly studded with
pagodas of all sizes and shapes. At one time
there were 13,000 temples, pagodas and religious
structures. Today, only over 2000 well-preserve
pagodas & temples of the 11th - 13th century.
Surrounding all this are wonderful villages,
where life goes on much as it did when the
temples were at their peak, and here too,
cottage crafts remain, including the making of
the best lacquer ware in Myanmar.
How to Get There ?
It takes about one hour and twenty minutes to
fly from Yangon to Bagan. There are daily
flights to Bagan from Yangon, and regular
flights from Mandalay, which take only 20
minutes. There are 4 domestic Airlines, Myanmar
Airways, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways & Air
overland, it takes 12 hours from Yangon and 7
hours from Mandalay by Coach. There is a regular
train between Bagan and Mandalay too. There is
also a double-decker steamer service between
Mandalay and Bagan and the cruises
Road to Mandalay
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What to see ?
Ananda Temple --- The Ananda Temple built
after the Shwe Zigon in 1090 is the masterpiece
of the early style temple architecture. There
are four huge Buddha images in the standing
position and eighty relieves depicting the life
of the Buddha from his Birth to his
Enlightenment. Ananda Pagoda Festival is yearly
celebrated on Full moon day of Pyartho.
Shwe Zigon Pagoda --- This golden pagoda
was the first monument built in the Myanmar
style, the prototype for later pagodas. It was
first built by King Anawrahta and completed by
King Kyan Sittha in 1087. 'Nat' (spirit) images
can be found within its precincts. Shwe Zigon
Festival is celebrated on full moon day of
Thatbyinnyu Temple --- Over 66 meters
high, and built by King Alaungsithu in the
middle of the 12th century, this white stucco
building overtops all other monuments as the
highest pagoda on the Bagan plain.
Manuhar Pagoda --- The Manuhar Payar was
built by King Manuhar from Thaton. King Manuhar
sold a piece of his jewelry for a fabulous sum
in Bagan and built a shine there, probably to
portray his life as a POW, (Prisoner-of-war).
You can see the shrine today huge images of the
Buddha inside a low and narrow building, clearly
conveying a sense of confinement. Manuhar Pagoda
festival is yearly celebrate on First day over
Thidingyut full-moon day.
Dhamma Yangyi Temple --- Bagan's most
massive temple, Dhamma Yangyi Temple was built
by King Narathu in 1167. This temple was not
finished but it displayed the finest brickwork.
Shwegugyi Temple --- Standing on the high
brick plinth, this temple was built by King
Alaungsithu in 1131 AD. The arch pediments,
pilasters, plinth and cornice molding are
decorated with fine stucco carvings, evident of
Myanmar architecture of the early 12th Century.
Gawdaw Palin Temple --- This 13th century
temple is like That Byinnyu, about 60 metres
high with a fine view of the Bagan plains.
Festival of Gawdaw Palin Temple is celebrated on
full moon day of Thidingyut.
Gubyaukgyi Temple (Wetkyi-In) --- It is a
13th century temple with a spire resembling the
Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya in India. This
temple is known for its wall paintings depicting
scenes from the Jatakas (life stories of the
Bupaya Pagoda --- Standing on the brink
of the Ayeyarwaddy River, the Bupaya Pagoda is a
conspicuous landmark for travelers along the
river. This pagoda with bulbous dome resembling
the "Bu" or gourd is a favorite spot for
visitors to watch the sunset.
Archaeological Museum --- The museum run
by Archaeological Department is situated near
the Gawdawpalin Temple. It has a collection of
more than 2,000 items including Buddha statues,
stucco pieces, terra-cotta cups and pots. Open
daily except Monday and public holidays.
Shopping --- Masterpieces of lacquerware
have been the pride of Bagan since the days of
the Bagan Empire. It is still the main industry
of Bagan today and you can observe the making
process of lacquerware from the beginning to the
finished products ready for sale at the shops.
Lacquerware like bowls, boxes, trays and
paintings are the best souvenirs of Bagan.
There will be a zone fees 10 $ for all
foreigners to enter the Bagan Archaeological
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