Bagan has been described as “one of the world’s most impressive architectural marvels”.
Situated on the plains next to the Ayeyarwaddy River, the ancient city of Bagan is dotted with thousands of age-old stupas and temples from different eras, making it one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia.
The first capital of the Burmese Empire, Pagan as it was known then, was home to over ten thousand Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries built by kings and wealthy families to gain merit with Buddha over the course of its ‘Golden Era’ (from the 11th and 13th centuries). Today there are about two thousand remaining, spreading over 37 square kilometres.
WHY WE THINK YOU’LL LOVE IT
- Impressive not only for their sheer number, each temple or pagoda has its own particular style and design depending on when it was constructed
- Home to a number of handicraft industries including Bagan’s exquisite lacquerware
- A quiet, laid-back town with a scenic view of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River