Sightseeing in Bagan



Shwezigone Pagoda

It was built by King Anawrahta and completed by King Kyansitha in 1084. The shwezigone Pagoda is the prototype for later Myanmar pagodas. There are green glazed plaques depicting scenes from the Jataka. The pagoda festival is held from late October to early November.

Ananda Temple

The Ananda Temple, completed in 1090, is King Kyansitha master-piece and the crowing achievement of the early style of temple architecture. The plan is that of a perfect of 80 Greek cross. There are 4 huge Buddha images in standing position and a series of 80 reliefs depicting the Final Life of Buddha from His Birth to His Enlightenment which is notable. The Ananda Pagoda festival, held in January, is big event drawing pilgrims even from away palaces.

Thatbyinnyu Temple

Over 66 meters high, the temple was built by King Alaungsithu in the middle of 5th century. It overtops all other monuments and affords visitors a magnificent panorama of Bagan plains.

Shwegugyi Temple

Standing on high brick plinth, this temple is build in 1131 by King Alaungsiithu ( 1113-1167 AD). The and arch-pending, pilasters, plinth and cornice moulding are decorated with fine stucco carving, evidence of Myanmar architecture in the early 12th century.

Gawdawpalin Temple

This 12th Century temple was built by King Narapati-sithu, is about 60 meters high. From the upper terrace of the Gawdawpalin Temple, one can leisurely watch the sunset over the scenic beauty of the Ayeyarwaddy river with the backdrop of the Tantkyitaung Hill and the panoramic view of ancient Bagan. The fading light gradually veils the ruined city of Bagan-a “ Bagan Sunset”, and one will never forget one’s itinerary in Myanmar.

Htilo Minlo Temple

Built about by ( 1211 A.D) by Nan-daung-mya min or Htilo Minlo is one of the largest temple of Bagan. It is a double-storeyed structure rising 50 meters above the ground. This temple is noted for its fine plaster carving on the arch-pediments, frieze and pilaster.

Gubyaukgyi Temple

A 13th century temple with as a spire resembling the Maha-bodhi temple at Budha Gaya. This temple is known for its wall paintings decipting scense from the Jataka.

Buphaya Pagoda

Standing on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy river, the Buphaya Pagoda is a conspicuous landmark for travelers along the river. This pagoda with a buobous dome resembling the “ Bu” or gourd fruit is a favourite spot for visitors to watch the sunset.
Archeological Museum
The new Archaeologial Museum is the most splendid and significant with its main hall, Bagan literature hall, social and military painting hall, architecture hall, fine arts hall, stupa and temple paintings hall, and Buddhist arts hall. It is located near the Gawdawpalin Temple in Bagan-Nyaung U Township. It was inaugurated on Myanmar New Year Day, 17 April 1998. Open from 09:30 to 15:00 hours daily except Mondays and public holidays.

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