Attractions

Shwesandaw Pagoda

Pagoda History and Myths Legend has it that the pagoda was named Shwesandaw (which means ‘golden holy hair’) as the stupa enshrines a golden hair…

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Mount Popa

What to Expect Atop the mountain sits a number of temples, relics and a monastery and both locals and tourists alike make their pilgrimage up…

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MBoutik

What to Expect The store is home to an array of crafts including bags, textiles and hand-carved woodwork all of which has been produced by…

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Mani-Sithu Market

What to Expect The market is made up of an eclectic mix of fruit, vegetable and craft stalls all of which are run by happy,…

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Shwezigon Pagoda

Architecture and Design This landmark pagoda was originally built in 1090 but was slightly damaged in the 1900’s by an earthquake. After restoration efforts, the…

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Sulamani Pahto

Style and Design This two-story temple is built in a late period style and features a stack of terraces that offer a pyramid effect. While…

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Upali Ordination Hall

Construction and Design The rectangular building boats Konbaung Dynasty interior frescoes, 17th-century roof battlements and sections of wooden architecture that will delight history buffs and…

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Tharabar Gate

Gate History The Ancient Wall of Bagan City sits on an ancient palace site and was built by King Pyinbya. Out of 12 original arched…

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Sunset Boat Ride

Tour Operators There’s a handful of tour operators in town that offers a variety of river cruise packages. The most popular, however, is lead by…

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Mandalay Palace

Palace History Constructed between 1857 and 1859 by King Mindon in the traditional Burmese design, this impressive palace complex is home to a walled fort…

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Lacquerware Workshop

What is it? Lacquerware refers to any object that’s been coated in lacquer and hand carved. The object is usually ornately decorated, and small wooden…

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Burmese Cuisine

Local Delicacies Most Burmese dishes make use of seasonal vegetables and use light flavours instead of heavy spices to make eating in the hot climate…

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Archaeological Museum

Museum History The museum was built by U Sein Kho (a stone tablets specialist) and his vast collection of ancient stone tablets were one of…

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Ananda Temple

History Ananda was built by King Kyanzittha, somewhere between 1090 and 1105, making it one of the first grand temples to be built in the…

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Dhammayangyi Pahto Temple

Pagoda Construction After King Narathu murdered his father, smothered his brother and executed his Indian wife for practising Hinduism, he decided he would build a…

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E-Bike Hire

Bike Shops Of recent years the town of Bagan has swapped its gas guzzling, noise making, mopeds for the environmentally friendly e-bikes. The bikes run…

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Inle Lake

What to Expect Inle Lake is a picture-perfect freshwater lake located in Shan State and is the second largest lake in the country. As far…

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Hot Air Balloon Ride

Packages There’s a handful of hot air balloon operators dotted around town offering an array of different packages. The most popular ride is at sunrise…

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Golden Cuckoo

The Studio The workshop (which sits behind Manuaha Paya in Myinkaba) is a combination of shop, studio and museum and you can spend a good…

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Ananda Pahto

Annual Festival Every year in January, the town holds a month-long festival in honour of the temple. The festival draws hundreds of pilgrims (and monks)…

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