Bagan — the city in Myanmar and the old capital of the first Burma Empire which now is one of the richest archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. In Bagan you will find thousands of ancient pagodas in the area near the banks of the Ayeyarwady River.
There are thousands of ancient pagodas in the surroundings of Bagan. The most impressive temples of Bagan are listed below.
Bagan by Horse Cart
The temples of Bagan are scattered in a large area and can be visited on the bicycle or electric motorbike. If you want to travel traditionally, choose the horse cart.
Ananda Phaya - a Buddhist temple is one of the most famous and beautiful temples in Bagan built in 1105 AD which is still well preserved.
Shwezigon Paya - is one of the oldest and most impressive Buddhist temples in Bagan. The temple consists of a circular stupa covered with golden leafs and surrounded by smaller shrines. Shwezigon Paya was often used as a prototype for other Burmese stupas.
Thatbyinnyu Temple is a famous Buddhist temple in Bagan that was built in the 12th century. 60 meters high Thatbyinnyu Temple is one of the highest temples of Bagan.
Shwesandaw Pagoda is an ancient Buddhist pagoda located in Bagan. This white painted pagoda consists of five terraces and a cylindrical stupa on top of it. Shwesandaw Pagoda was built in 1057 by King Anawrahta, who was the founder of the Bagan Kingdom.
Dhammayangyi Temple is the largest of all Buddhist temples found in Bagan. This huge pyramid shaped temple was built in the 12th century but never finally completed.
Gawdawpalin Temple is the second tallest Buddhist temple in Bagan. Construction of this 55 meters high pagoda was completed in 1227. The temple was reconstructed after being heavily damaged during the earthquake.
Sulamani Temple is one of the most popular Buddhist temples in Bagan. The temple was built in 1183.
Htilominlo Temple is a 46 meters high Buddhist temple in Bagan, built in the early 13th century.
Mingalar Zedi Pagoda
Mingalar Zedi Pagoda is a Buddhist temple in Bagan. The temple is located close to the Ayeyarwaddy River. Mingalar Zedi Pagoda was built in 1277 and was the last large monument to be built by Bagan Kingdom.
Manuha Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Bagan as it was built in 1067. Manuha Temple is home to four large images of the Buddha, each of them squeezed into a separate room of the temple.
Mahabodhi Paya is a Buddhist temple in Bagan that was built in the 13th century. The temple contains a large pyramidal tower with over 450 images of Buddha in its many niches.
Bupaya Pagoda is an old Buddhist temple in Bagan, located on the bank of the Ayeyarwady River.
Gu Byauk Nge Temple
Gu Byauk Nge Temple is a Buddhist temple in Bagan, built in 1113 AD. The temple is exceptional as the oldest in Bagan original paintings can be found inside the temple.
Alodawpyi Pagoda is a Buddhist pagoda located in Bagan.
Minochantha Stupa Group
Minochantha Stupa Group is the temple complex in Bagan. The wooden shrine and other monuments such as impressive stupas, mythological creations are raised on the platform.
Myazedi Pagoda is a large gilded stupa in Bagan that was built in the 12th century. The famous Myazedi stone inscription which is the oldest surviving stone inscription of the Burmese language was discovered in this temple.
Gubyaukgyi Temple is a Buddhist temple located near Wetkyi-in village in Bagan. The temple was built in the early 12th century and the Indian influence can be noticed in its architecture.
Upali Thein is an ordination hall of the Buddhist temple built in the mid-13th century in Bagan, named after a well-known monk called Upali.
Myauk Guni (North Guni) Temple
Myauk Guni Temple is a Buddhist temple in Bagan built in 1241 AD.