Bagan is situated in the hot and dry zone, 100 m above sea level. The
place is known as the birthplace of Theravada Buddhism. More than
temples and stupas, built in the era between 11th and 13th Centuries,
still exist today as national Heritage on the banks of the Ayeyarwady
river. Architectural features of vaults and arches, sculptures and
mural paintings can be observed in Bagan Pagodas. The use of form and
space in building these Pagodas, structural concepts and lighting
giving are unique.
It is impossible to see all the Pagodas and therefore
it is necessary to select a few outstanding Pagodas to see those in detail.
Highlights are Ananda Temple, Manuha, Nanphaya, Wet Gyi In Gu Pyauk
Gyi, Shwezigone Stupa, Mingalar Zedi, Damayangyi Temple, Sulamani
Temple and Damarazika Stupa.
Shwe San Daw, Bupaya, Lawkananda and Mingalar Stupas are
famous for good sunset views.
Recently a tower was built in Bagan. From here one can enjoy the
sunset over Bagan against a high entrance fee. Since then it is not
anymore allowed to climb on many Pagodas, presently many Stupas in Old
Bagan, e.g. the Shwe San
Daw Pagoda, are open.
It is recommendable to visit Bagan during the cool season. If one
wants to visit during the hot season (March to May), prepare for early morning
sightseeing and taking a rest during noon.
Wet-Gyi-In Gu-Pyauk-Gyi Pagoda displays fine mural paintings.
Was built in the 11th Century and is one of the most artistic temples
in Bagan in the earliest and finest Bagan architectural style.
The huge teak doors inside are from the 15th Century.
Inside the temple with the Buddha Images, a unique way of providing
natural light can be observed. You will see different hand postures
and a great carving technique for the Images.
BALLOONS OVER BAGAN
You may enjoy an early morning trip with a hot-air balloon to see the
plains with all the Pagodas and the Ayeyarwady offered by a long
established and professional UK operator.
This service does not come cheap but is an unforgettable experience.
Very often, the flights are fully booked, therefore a pre booking
ahead would be wise.
Our prices and other information you will find on the page
BALLOONS OVER BAGAN
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Lacquerware workshops and craftsmen are mostly located in Myinkabar
village. You can see all processes of making lacquerware from the
start to the end. Basic materials used in making lacquerware are bamboo
strips and lacquer. Finer and softer lacquers are made from the hair
of horsetails. Lacquerware quality in Bagan is quite famous, there is
however also a lot of cheap quality produced. Lacquerware can also be
bought in Yangon at reasonable prices.
TODDY-PALM JUICE PRODUCTION
Toddy palms are the symbol of central Myanmar and can grow only in the
hot and dry zone. Toddy palms are one of the most valuable plants for
people from central Myanmar. Leaves are used for thatched roofs. Toddy
bark can be woven into many utensils (e.g. baskets, mats, hats and
chairs). In addition, sweet and bitter toddy juice can be extracted
from the buds. Sweet toddy juice is used in making snacks, when
fermented, bitter juice is drunk as an intoxicating "wine".