Bagan, the former capital of the Bagan Kingdom, which ruled over the Irrawaddy Valley and its environs from the 9th to the 13th century, is home to more than 2,200 Buddhist pagodas and temples, some of which have been fully restored.
Bagan occupies an area of 26 square miles, where beautiful pagodas and temples can be found scattered over the area. The area’s most active town is Nyaung U, which is also where the airport is located. You are able to visit a local market, where they sell fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, meat and local souvenirs.
Hot air balloon flights offer a unique view of this sacred site and the people who live in the surrounding area. The most spectacular time to see the temples is during sunset and sunrise or fly over the area with a hot air balloon, which is a unique and once in a lifetime experience.
A visit to Bagan is an unforgettable experience and one can best enjoy the local sites by bicycle or from a horse-drawn cart.
Every one of the 2,200 plus temples, stupas and pagodas has its own unique story to tell, and the interiors of many can be freely explored.
The most famous pagodas include the Ananda Pagoda, Dhammayangyi Temple, and Shwezigon Pagoda.
They are each unique from both the inside and outside, and have their own unique story. Besides these main pagodas, just take your bike and explore smaller temples, which are off the beaten paths. The archaeological zone of Bagan is a unique and beautiful destination.
Visit one of the most incredible and unique towns in Myanmar, to be awed by the beauty of the brick pagoda and the views that this small town has to offer.