5 Must See Bagan Temples in Myanmar

Imagine a beautiful plain. It has small hills, arable fields, lots of shrubs and old trees. And among them – the remains of the Burmese principality. Wherever you look, ancient buildings emerge from greenery: Buddhist temples, stupas and monasteries. It’s Bagan.

Ancient Bagan Complex

It is worth spending the whole day visiting the ancient Bagan complex, the most beautiful stupas and temples of over two thousand preserved. Their construction began in the 9th century! Undoubtedly, this complex deserves to be one of the largest archaeological attractions in Asia and the most beautiful places in the world. It is also compared to the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia, and an additional recommendation is that UNESCO has called it a world-class monument. A wonderful evening at the end of a day trip will culminate with a romantic sunset – the stairs are worth climbing to admire the area or keep a wonderful view of the camera.

Temples in Bagan were built from three types of materials: wood (mainly teak), sandstone and brick. Unfortunately, wooden temples were destroyed due to fires. Most of the sandstone temples also did not stand the test of time. But the brick buildings proved to be the most durable.
Some pagodas are crowded and loud from the incentives of many sellers to buy postcards, paintings or other souvenirs. Others are standing alone among the spiny acacia trees. Both of them are worth visiting. These more known and prepared for visiting tourists are always interesting for some reason. An interesting may be an interesting Buddha statue, nicely preserved frescoes or the building itself. The temples, unknown and indescribable on signposts, have an atmosphere of contemplation. In peace and quiet, you can find real pearls of Buddhist sacral architecture.

Sulamani Guphaya

Sulamani Guphaya

Bagan Archaeological Zone
Nyaung-U Myanmar

It comes from the 12th century and its interior contains amazing frescoes. Its design was a model for the builders of the Htilominlo temple. This is another beautiful building dedicated…

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Htilominlo Pahto

Htilominlo Pahto

Bagan Archaeological Zone
Nyaung-U Myanmar

The Htilomino Temple is also known as the last temple built in the Burmese style in Bagan. It is one of the largest temples in Bagan and was founded at…

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Shwezigon Paya

Shwezigon Paya

Bagan Archaeological Zone
Nyaung-U Myanmar

Legend has it that the construction site of Shwezigon Pagoda was indicated by a royal white elephant with a Buddha relic placed on its back. The pagoda was completed in…

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Shwesandaw Pagoda

Shwesandaw Pagoda

Bagan Archaeological Zone
Nyaung-U Myanmar

Shwesandaw Pagoda was erected in 1057 by the most famous Burmese king Anawratha. It is located about 10 km from Nyaung U. You can get to it by asphalt road…

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Ananda Temple

Ananda Temple

Bagan Archaeological Zone
Nyaung-U Myanmar

On the road between Nyaung U and Old Bagan, rises one of the most beautiful and sacred temples - Ananda. It is called the "Bagan Jewel" and is one of…

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