Some people don’t know Myanmar once hosted royalty. It enjoyed that status with Bagan, the capital of the first Myanmar Empire. No wonder Bagan is a favorite among tourists. With all that history and culture, this city plays host to one of the richest archaeological spots in South East Asia.
Temples of Bagan Myanmar
All you history buffs must take a few days, perhaps even a week, to explore Old Bagan. Check out one of the four main temples here, namely the Ananda, quite a survivor who lives to proclaim the glory of Mon architecture. This corridor temple was built by King Kyanzittha and the legend behind it is something worth hearing.
Shwesandaw Pagoda is yet another edifice constructed by royalty, King Anawrahta. After he conquered Thaton in 1057 he built this circular pagoda in the center of the place, declaring his right to rule.
Myo Daung Monastery was once the main monastery in Bagan. You’ll find pre-colonial Kon-baung period influences about it. The place is bigger than you may initially assume, with two temples, pavilions, pyathats, rest houses and more besides.
Tharabar Gate was once the main entrance into Bagan City those days. Being the only structure in existence built by King Pyinbya is no small achievement. The guardian spirits, among other historical touches, are worth learning about here.
The places mentioned above are but a handful of historical sites in Old Bagan that’s sure to thrill your heart and set it beating against the press of all that power, cultural superiority and sense of elevated ambition.
Bagan Myanmar Hotels & Attractions
First things first, you need to find yourself some nice accommodations. After all, this being a major tourist spot, you need to book way in advance so you’re not left seeking lodging when there’s so much else to do here.
The Amazing Bagan Resort is an all-rounder fount of good service and entertainment. You’re sure to love it there. The Aureum Palace Hotels & Resorts is yet another superb choice.
Myanmar’s cuisine is simply too stunning for words. They burst into myriad exotic flavors in your mouth and it’s best you taste them for yourself. Not all food-types are preferred by everyone, so choose based on what you glean goes into the making.
That said, enjoy the food at the Green Elephant Restaurant (Thiripissayar Quarter, New Bagan). The Nan Dar Restaurant & Puppet Show (Wetkyi-in Village) is great if you’re going with your kids. There are plenty of cool choices as far as dining is concerned. It’s an experience you have to partake of to truly appreciate.
Since Wetkyi-in Village was mentioned earlier, that’s one more place you need to explore in Bagan. There are more than fifteen specific locations for you to check out there, three of which are… Htilominlo Temple, with its stunning architecture, ancient appeal and vast silent spaces, filled with the sense of what once was. Kyaukgu Umin, a monument that may not look like much but holds plenty of spiritual significance. Shwezigon Pagoda, comprising one of the four main buildings here.
There’s so much to Bagan that merely hearing about it isn’t enough. Getting there and tapping into her depth of historical beauty is what’s left to do.