Bagan's Temples & Pagodas

Marvel At Bagan's Ancient Monuments

The Shwezigon Pagoda

The Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan was built in the 11th century by King Anawrahta, to be a shrine to protect a collection of relics. The King had completed three terraces of the Pagoda before he was killed by a wild buffalo in 1077. The Shwezigon Pagoda was completed between 1086 and 1090 by King Kyanzittha, Anawratha’s successor. It was under King Kyanzittha that Bagan became known as the “city of four million pagoda's”  

Ananda Temple

A masterpiece of Mon-style architecture, the Ananda Temple is commonly known as the finest, largest and best preserverd of the Bagan Temples. With four huge standing Buddhas and a monastery with some well-preserved 18th century murals, the temple was originally completed during the reign of King Kyanzittha but has since been totally restored after being damaged in an earthquake in 1975.

Shwesandaw Temple

Also known as the ‘Sunset Temple’, this is the most popular place for both foreign and Burmese tourists alike to gather on an evening and enjoy the spectacular view of the sun setting in the sky. Although you will need to climb some fairly steep, narrow stairs to reach the top, you will be rewarded with a breataking sunset turning the temples and landscapes vibrant shades of orange and yellow.

Gubyaukgyi Cave Temple

Gubyaukgyi Cave Temple is an ancient temple in Bagan, believed to have been built in the early 13th Century. Inside, the temple has many well-preserved, richly-coloured paintings.