The Otherworldly Side of Bagan
The Otherworldly Side
Tales of a bygone era with stone remains that oozes royalty and serenity, Bagan is an explorers’
playground in the finest sense of the word. A dazzling collection of still-in-use temples
adorn Bagan’s horizon, destined to leave an ever-lasting impression.
WHY THIS TOUR?
One of the most remarkable sights in South-East Asia, Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly 1000 years. The kingdom of Bagan took root in the 8th century but only rose to glory as capital of the First Kingdom of Myanmar in the early 11th century.
Ancient chronicles say that there were once 4446 temples over its vast plains, but today only around 2200 remain, as recorded by UNESCO in 1988.Many of the temples were architectural wonders of their time and still inspire awe among visitors. An introduction to the temples of Bagan is a path that leads to more Bagan exploration.
14:00 - 17:00
Our guide and driver will pick you up at around 2 pm for guiding you along with the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan. Our first stop will be at the Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine. The Shwezigon Pagoda’s name was derived from Ground of Victory Jeyyabhumi and was associated with the two great kings Anawrahta and Kyansitta for their backing of the Buddhist religion. A well-preserved monument, consecrated by one of the most notable royalties of old Bagan, it truly is all awe and splendour when entering the compound of the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda in Nyaung U.
Following this visit, we head out to the Gu Byauk Gyi. The temple is a fine example of Bagan’s grandeur during its royal heyday. Its outstanding architecture and it is one of the largest religious complexes still in use makes it a temple not to be missed.
As the Bagan temples are located on this plain, visuals from the immense site are some of the features we cannot pass by. The Ananda Temple is one of the more recognizable ones in the region with four magnificent standing Buddha images. It has taken a unique spot in the landscape of pagodas and temple ruins, thus cannot be left aside. Constructed during the 11th century, it is one of Bagan’s best known and most beautiful temples, mainly for its magnificent standing Buddha images.
Sunsets across Bagan are spectacular, taking in gently-rolling hills and the winding Ayeyarwaddy River. At the end of this half-day tour, guests will enjoy these sweeping landscapes from this elevated viewing point nearby Bagan. After the sun has set, we comfortably bring you back to your hotel in Bagan.