Bagan, which was once a flourishing imperial city, is located next to the Irrawaddy River in romantic historical ruins. It’s the land of beautiful landscapes with deep human values. Traveling to Bagan in your Myanmar travel is a great opportunity for you to explore the mysterious land.
The Ancient Capital of Myanmar
It consists of three cities: Nyuang U, Old Bagan and New Bagan. This area is popular with many pagodas spreading over the city. Nyuang U is a large city with railway stations, river ports and an airport. Moreover, New Bagan is a new village that was built in 1990 for former residents living in Old Bagan. Old Bagan is a picturesque area with many monuments and ancient pagodas preserved very carefully.
Discover the Old Bagan by bike, on horseback or on foot
For a first pleasant experience in Bagan of your Myanmar travel, visitors are advised to rent a bike, a horse or just walk to discover the great beauty of the area. Cycling on red paths and watching people, pagodas and monasteries there are certainly interesting experiences in your tours in Burma. The pagodas are quite close to each other, so you can easily walk from one pagoda to another. On the way, you can stop to contemplate their unique architecture. The temples are made of bricks, with a long yard of hundreds of meters absorbing heat easily. As a result, the ground is very hot when it’s sunny. You should visit the temples in the morning or in the afternoon because those are the most enjoyable moments. Do not hesitate to ask the locals if you have any questions regarding the way because many people here speak English. Do not forget to buy paintings and lacquer craft products as gifts at gentle prices.
Explore the pagodas in Bagan
Bagan is the land of many sacred temples. A Myanmar Bagan tour means visits to the pagodas. Commonly, people usually visit the Manuha pagodas first to learn more about the offerings of the Myanmar people. There is an enormous golden bell placed on a cement base located in the middle of the main room of the temple. The practice of offering has existed for a very long time and become a culture that brings happiness to people in Bagan. Then, tourists can visit the Ananda Stone Pagoda, built in 1105 BC. It was severely damaged by the earthquake in 1975 but was then restored and gilded in 1990. Its most impressive feature may be the giant statues of Buddha overlooking four directions: Kakusandha (north), Konagamana (east), Kassapa (south) and Gautama (west).
Leaving Ananda Pagoda, you can move to the Mahabodhi Pagoda whose architecture is similar to that of the pagodas in India. The most typical characteristics of this temple are that the door is golden and the lock is made from a special type of steel. Visitors can also stop at one of the largest pagodas of Bagan called Dhammayangyi which resembles a pyramid. It was built by King Narathu. The highest pagoda of Bagan is Thatbyinyu Phaya with 61 meters in height and was built in the middle of the 12th century by King Alaungsithu. Standing at the highest position of the temple, you can admire all the areas of Old Bagan. Shwesandaw is the perfect place to admire the red sky at sunset. Legend says that the temple was built in 1057 BC by King Anawratha in order to keep one of Shakyamuni Buddha’s eight hairs. Over an interval of half an hour to an hour, the landscape changes quickly, from bright red to purple and then gradually disappears in the dark. In addition, there are other impressive pagodas in your tours in Burma such as Shwezigon, Shweguyi, Sulamani, Gubyaukgyi, Gawdawpalin, Bupayastupa, etc.
Conquer Mount Popa and explore the sacred village
A famous pilgrimage center is located about 50km from the center of Bagan to the south. The mountain is known for the Taung Kalat Monastery, located at the top of an asleep 737-meter volcano. Visitors have to go through 777 steps and cross a crowd of monkeys to reach the monastery. Mount Popa is over 1520 m high and is considered to be the legendary home of the supreme “NAT” gods. After leaving Mount Popa, do not forget to visit the villages at the foot of the mountain or on bumpy roads in the area. The people here are very welcoming. You can also ask to stay overnight and enjoy a tasty dinner of Myanmar.
A Myanmar Bagan tour is an extraordinary experience for travelers in Burma. Come and discover the Land of Golden Temples to calm your thoughts. Bagan is the lost Kingdom, the sacred place cut off from the outside world. Come and come back!