Bagan

Attraction

Magnificent Temples

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A trip to Myanmar wouldn't be complete without a visit to some of the beautiful temples, pagodas and historical sites. There are, in fact, so many throughout the country that to see them all in one trip is impossible. 

Shwedagon Pagoda

This 2,500 year old pagoda is believed to enshrine strands of Buddha’s hair and other holy relics, and is covered with hundreds of gold plates and encrusted with 4,531 diamonds, the largest of which is 72 carats. The pagoda is home to hundreds of temples, stupas and statues reflecting the architecture of the past 2,500 years. Possibly the most famous attraction in Myanmar, the Shwedagon Pagoda is one of Buddhism's most sacred sites.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is a beautiful Buddhist site, home to five small images of Buddha which have been covered in gold leaf. Found on Inle Lake, the site holds one of the biggest Buddhist festivals in the region each year, with celebrations lasting more than 20 days with thousands of revellers. 

Ananda Phato

Standing 170-feet high and glittering in gold, Ananda Phato is Bagan's most spectacular temple, thought to have been built between 1090 and 1105. Surrounded by an enclosing wall with four large entrance gateways, the Ananda Phato is beautifully symmetrical, and the main building stands at 35 feet high with its central tower topped with a gilded sikhara that can be seen from far away. You'll also discover four 30-foot-tall standing Buddhas in the temple, each of which representing a world cycle. 

Botatung Paya

Thanks to its lakeside position and lack of crowds, this temple boasts an ethereal, down-to-earth atmosphere with stunning original features and zig-zagging corridors. See ancient relics and artefacts, see a large bronze-gilded Buddha statue and wander the gold leaf-coated maze.