Ancient city of temples in Myanmar

Bagan was founded in 849 and was once upon a time the capital of Myanmar. There are still remains of the thousands of temples from bygone eras, and many of them are still in a great condition.

The temple complex is also known as Pagan, just like the neighbouring city. Which sometimes leads to confusion. It is wonderful to wander around here. View the most beautiful temples in this valley at your leisure.

Built in 849, Bagan is one of Myanmar's ancient capitals. There are still thousands of Buddhist temples from a bygone era in relatively good condition.

I have collected the most important information for your visit. Including the five most beautiful temples in Bagan. And the best time to visit Bagan.

The beauty of Bagan.

Ananda Pahto

This immense temple is called the Westminster Abbey of Myanmar. Very special are the 4 gigantic golden standing Buddha statues, one for each wind direction.

Gawdawpalin Pahto

The temple was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1975, but has since been completely restored. This temple was built in the first half of the 13th century. Gawdawpalin Pahto is Bagan's second highest temple, after Thatbyinnyu.

Shwezigon Paya

Shwezigon Paya is famous for its gigantic golden stupa that glitters in the sun. The Shwezigon Paya symbolises the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon.

Dhammayangyi Pahto

Dhammayangyi Pahto is Bagan's largest temple. It was built by King Narathu and dates back to the 12th century.

Thatbyinnyu Pahto

Thatbyinnyu Pahto is verreweg de hoogste tempel van Bagan. Hij werd in opdracht van koning Alaungsithu gebouwd in de 12e eeuw. Je vindt deze tempel vlak naast Ananda Pahto.

Sunrise over Bagan

The best moment for your visit is the sunrise. The first rays of the sun then fall over the landscape and the temples. It is a serene feeling, which is also very suitable for taking photos.

Ballooning in Bagan

A hot air balloon in Bagan.

A balloon flight over this fairytale city at sunrise is a popular tour. You can book this excursion at various places. Arrange your trip in advance so you don't get disappointed. This is possible in Pagan, among other places. Take a company that looks reputable. Safety is of great importance.

Best time for Bagan

You can easily visit Bagan yourself. But keep in mind that you are not alone. Bagan has become very popular in recent years. Both with backpackers and tourists who travel in big groups. Because of the crowds, some of the atmosphere gets lost.

It is relatively quiet early in the morning. Also it is often nice and cool. But the sunrise is the most popular excursion, so even then you see a lot of tourists. Fortunately, the beautiful view of the temples makes up for everything.