Every year in January, the town holds a month-long festival in honour of the temple. The festival draws hundreds of pilgrims (and monks) to the town and the busiest day falls on the night of the full moon in the lunar month. If you’re struggling to pick which time of year to visit Bagan, we highly recommend January!
What to Expect
The festival is a large scale ritual of Buddhism and offers an exciting and fascinating insight into the religion. Expect to see vendors lining the temple selling traditional Burmese cuisine to the pilgrims and the town to be abuzz with an electric atmosphere as the festival is also considered to be a mass social gathering.