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Bagan Ancient City, Myanmar

From series “The Surviving Artifacts of Buddhist Civilization”
Archaeological Area of Bagan is located in Myanmar. It can also be listed among outstanding Buddhist attractions. Once upon a time there was a flourishing city of Bagan. It was the capital of the eponymous state. The ruins were discovered by archaeologists quite recently. The main jewels of these places are ancient stupas and pagodas, which were restored during the excavation. Some stupas are fairly large. All interested can enter into them.

Bagan Ancient City, Myanmar In recent years, the Bagan area has gained immense tourist popularity. Thousands of travelers come here to see the ancient Buddhist statues and unique relics. Curious tourists are attracted by local caves too, where the fragments of rock art can be found. Bagan Ancient City occupies more than 40 square km. There are thousands of pagodas and stupas, many of which were built in the 11th-13th centuries.

According to the available historical data, the design of the once prosperous city was created by the best artists and craftsmen. The ancient city of Bagan was one of the largest centers of science, religion, and culture  in the world. For hundreds of years, local churches and monasteries were keeping many unique relics, which in the period of the desolation of the city were almost completely destroyed. Modern pilgrims and travelers have an opportunity to admire restored architectural monuments, as well as several Buddhist shrines that survived after seven hundred years. Next - Bulguksa Monastery


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ATM bankomat: 'AGD Bank ATM @ Golden Palace' located in 0.28 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Zaw Car Rental Service' is located in 5.62 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Apex' in 5.4 km
Apotheek: 'Ko Set Htun Pharmacy' in 30 km
Police station: 'Tourist Police Force' in 4.03 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Sarabha Restaurant' in 0.52 km
Railway station: 'Bagan Railway Station' in 8 km
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Best hotels near Bagan Ancient City

Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort

Located in 1 km from Bagan Ancient City
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Rooms: 120
The resort is a 5-minute drive to That Byin Nyu Pagoda. It is a 10-minute drive to Bagan Nyaung Oo Airport. Rooms come with a TV, refrigerator and … More: photo, rates and booking
Bagan Umbra Hotel

Located in 2 km from Bagan Ancient City
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Rooms: 57
Bagan Umbra Hotel is a 15-minute ride from local bus station and Nyaung U Airport. Rooms at this hotel are equipped with air conditioning, a seating … More: photo, rates and booking
Areindmar Hotel

Located in 4 km from Bagan Ancient City
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Rooms: 50
Lawkananda Pagoda is a 15-minute drive from Areindmar Hotel, while Nyaung Oo Airport is a 20-minute ride away. On-site parking is possible. Featuring … More: photo, rates and booking
Smart Hotel

Located in 155 km from Bagan Ancient City
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Rooms: 28
The hotel is 3 km from Zaycho Market and 5 km from Mandalay Hill. It is 45 km from Mandaly Airport. Rooms come with a flat-screen TV, minibar and … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Taung Kalat
46 km - Taung Kalat
One of the most remote religious sites in the world is the beautiful Taung Kalat monastery in Myanmar. It was built relatively recently, in the late 19th century. The monastery was founded on Taung Kalat mountain being the old extinct volcano. The last eruption of this …
Laykyun Setkyar
110 km - Laykyun Setkyar
Another sculpture that is able to impress with its size, is situated in Khatakan Taung. The monument of Laykyun Sekkya is dedicated to Buddha. The structure is 116 meters high and the pedestal is 13.4 meters. Construction of the monument began in 1996 and lasted for 12 …
U Pain Bridge
147 km - U Pain Bridge
More than 150 years ago, people of Myanmar have built the U Pain Bridge for crossing the lake Tauntome. The structure differs much from many false and rope bridges, which can be seen in other countries. Construction of the bridge began in the second half of the 19th …
Kyaut Sae Cave
155 km - Kyaut Sae Cave
Kyaut SAE Cave, located in Myanmar, is known all over the world. The majestic cave holds a Buddhist temple inside its depths. This fact does not diminish the natural splendour of the cave at all. Through the small openings in the ceiling, daylight penetrates the cave. …
Baitul Mukarram Mosque
538 km - Baitul Mukarram Mosque
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Root Bridges
539 km - Root Bridges
Bridges constructed from living tree roots aren’t rare in India. These bridges weren’t built; they literally grew up of strong roots of the rubber tree. To start growing bridge, it’s enough to throw a wire frame across the river and monitor mighty tree roots …

Top destination around Bagan Ancient City - Bagan

During the period of prosperity of the Pagan Kingdom, almost 4,500 Buddhist stupas, temples, and monasteries appeared in the Bagan plains. Many of them were destroyed, but it is still possible to see more than 3,800 of them. Moreover, some temples are in great condition. No wonder why Bagan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, tourists can see numerous stupas, the local name for pagodas or chedi. Perhaps, the Shwezigon Pagoda is the most notable temple in Bagan. This is a giant building with a golden cupola. The height of this stupa is 99 meters. Near the temple, there are smaller buildings that are older than the city. The Sulamani Temple was built in 1181. This building is a fabulous example of early and medieval Burmese architecture. The first style is reflected in flat horizontal objects. The second architectural style is clearly visible in vertical elements. This combination of details adds uniqueness to the building and makes the Sulamani Temple a must-see attraction for all tourists who visit Bagan. The inner décor is an elegant blend of carved ledges, attics, and walls with paintings. Talented craftsmen could restore the inner décor of the building, so tourists can see the exact temple that masters created centuries ago.

Not all countries have a direct connection to Myanmar. It may be easier to fly to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore first and then take a flight to Yangon. It is easy to reach Bagan from Yangon. Tourists, who don’t want to make airplane rides, can reach Myanmar by land from Thailand. In this case, they will need to get a short-term Thai visa as well. There are regular bus rides from Yangon to Bagan. Mandalay also offers ship rides to Bagan, but the time in transit will be longer in this case – up to 12 hours.
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