The Stunning Plains of Ancient Bagan
The Stunning Plains
of Ancient Bagan
The remains of an ancient Kingdom of a bygone era perfectly preserved; the plains of Bagan are a pure
feast for the eye and exploratory mind. From right after sunrise until sunset, one of
Myanmar’s legacy destinations falls not short of its name and fame.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Unrivalled, Bagan’s main attraction does not need any further introduction. Dating back centuries, the 2000+ temples and pagodas are among the most sought-after sights for those seeking a truly jaw-dropping experience. With its position along the Irrawaddy River, Bagan’s fertile grounds have provided the perfect landscape for agricultural purposes as well as stunning multi-day river cruises further inland.
Yet, the 42-square kilometre space of ruins dating back thousands of year continues to be the magnet that brings customers over to Bagan, knowing that as many as 13,000 temples once stood on the plains in central Myanmar. This will be the playing ground for the day with nothing but awe and splendour en route.
08:00 - 18:00
Our guide and driver will pick you up at around 8 am for guiding you along with the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan.
Start with a stroll through the colourful local market, a beehive of activity. This daily market gives each visitor a short insight of the fruits and vegetables which are grown around Bagan or have been transported from high up north of Myanmar. Depending on the season, a variety of seasonal, fresh produce is for sale and gains an insight into the bustling market atmosphere in Bagan
Our first temple stop will be at the Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century. 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. Following this visit, we head out to the Gu Byauk Gyi temple, known for its superb murals of Jataka scenes. As the Bagan temples are dotted 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.
After lunch, we continue our exploration tour with a visit to one of Myanmar’s most treasured handicrafts, a lacquerware craftsmen’s workshop in nearby Myinkaba village. Next will be Manuha Temple, constructed in Mon style in 1059 and the Nanbaya Temple, a unique sandstone monument said to have been the palace of King Manuha. We end the day at the Bupaya Pagoda, a riverside temple with an outstanding golden dome as its spiritual centre piece. Sunsets across Bagan are spectacular, taking in gently-rolling hills and the winding Ayeyarwaddy River.
After the sun has set, we comfortably bring you back to your Bagan hotel.