The glorious period of Bagan started in 11th century when it was chosen to be the capital of Burma Kingdom, exposing the highlights of massive unique architect dedicated for Buddhism whose signature is still prominent in Andanda or Shwesandaw pagoda.
The lure of Bagan does not come only from its archaeology charm, there are plenty of tradition works and fascinating villages awaits your discovery. There is nothing more interesting than witnessing the local artisan making lacquer wares from the first step to the time it is decorated skillfully.
There are many ways to appreciate the magnificence of Bagan. Taking a horse cart ride or grab a bike to wind along the remote bush roads allows you to explore the less visited temples while a river cruise brings you closer to villages and local people who welcome you with their authentic smiles. Balloon Over Bagan is pretty expensive yet a wonderful way to capture the stunning of Bagan when the sun rises over temple spires.
While touring Bagan, these are some of the outstanding attractions that you should miss :
Andanda temple, built in 1091, soaring to 51m, is believe to shrine the sacred Buddha Relics.
Gawdawpalin, built by King Narapatisithu in 12th century reflects rich mural paintings.
King Narathu built Dhammayangyi pagoda and it is now considered as the largest temple in Bagan
Shwesandaw, built in 1057 by King Anawahta, stored the hairs of the Buddha. The pagoda is influenced by Hindu religion also.
Shwezigon, the only golden pagoda in the area, constructed in 1089 by king Anawrahta and completed by King Kyanzittha in 1089, it contains several bones and hairs of the Buddha.
When in Bagan, make sure you try Bagan cigar which is rolled in Manuha village and prepare well your camera as it is extremely photogenic.