Golden Sunrise over the ancient temples of Bagan in Myanmar


One of the world's most impressive architectural marvels

Situated on the plains next to the Ayeyarwaddy River, the ancient city of Bagan is dotted with thousands of age-old stupas and temples from different eras, making it one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia.

The first capital of the Burmese Empire, Pagan as it was known then, was home to over ten thousand Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries built by kings and wealthy families to gain merit with Buddha over the course of its ‘Golden Era’ (from the 11th and 13th centuries). Today there are about two thousand remaining, spreading over 37 square kilometres.


  • Impressive not only for their sheer number, each temple or pagoda has its own particular style and design depending on when it was constructed
  • Home to a number of handicraft industries including Bagan's exquisite lacquerware
  • A quiet, laid-back town with a scenic view of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River
Within Easy Reach Of...
Mandalay 30min flight
Heho (Inle Lake) 40min flight
Yangon 1hr 10min flight
Mt Popa 1hr 25min drive
Travel Tips
  • For a magnificent aerial view of the temple plains, take an early morning hot air balloon ride and witness the sunrise
  • Cycling in Old Bagan is most pleasant in the early morning and early evening due to the extreme heat, particularly in the dry season
  • Try delicious vegetarian dishes at one of many vegan eateries in Old Bagan
  • Take a relaxing evening cruise on the Ayeyarwaddy and watch the sun set over the horison

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