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The majestic site of Bagan is just as impressive as other iconic world heritage sites like the Pyramids of Egypt and Angkor Wat in Cambodia, yet much less visited. With temples and pagodas dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries stretching out as far as the eye can see across this otherwise vast and open landscape, it’s hard to imagine such a place can still exist in today’s world. Bagan simply has to be seen to be believed.
Ananda Temple — Bagan’s most important, and indeed holiest, temple, the Ananda Temple was constructed nearly 1000 years ago. It can be found on the southern stretch of the Bagan-Nyaung Oo Rd. Already home to the four Buddhas that have attained Nirvana, it still awaits the appearance of the fifth, Maitreya.
Shwesandaw Temple — Also known as the ‘sunset temple’, the upper levels of Shwesandaw Temple provide the best views across the magical vista of Bagan, especially at sunset. It’s quite a vertiginous climb to the top, so not for the fainthearted, but the views are stunning.
Shwegugyi Temple — Another spot to view the spectacular sunsets, this temple is also one of the most intact temples at Bagan. Constructed in 1131 it gives a very real and immediate sense of Bagan’s formative years and transports visitors into a bygone era.
Shwezigon Pagoda — One of Bagan’s most significant pieces of architecture, this pagoda helped define the style of many of the pagodas subsequently built around Myanmar, and in particular served as the prototype for the renowned pagoda of the same name in Yangon.
Bagan is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world - 2,834 in total - and even the most dedicated enthusiast would be hard pressed to visit and fully appreciate 20 of them during a visit, let alone hope to see them all. But it is in fact the cumulative effect of the whole site that is so awe-inspiring: whilst each individual structure boasts its own personality, when taken as a whole, the effect is not far off transcendent.
Don’t assume that the only way to witness all this splendour is on foot. It is possible to book a horse and cart to take in the sights, with the added advantage of having shelter from the frequent rains and sweltering sun. Or, if you’re feeling particularly extravagant, why not take to the skies in a hot air balloon and see how Bagan must look to the gods themselves.