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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.
|Heho (Inle Lake)||40min flight|
|Yangon||1hr 10min flight|
|Mt Popa||1hr 25min drive|
The Ananda Temple, built in 1105 AD, is one of the best preserved temples in Bagan
Buddhist pilgrims are a regular sight in Bagan
The best way to explore the temple grounds is by horsecart or bicycle
Ancient Buddha images are housed inside the pagodas and vary in style depending on when the pagoda was built
Bagan is known for its quality lacquer and beautiful designs