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“Bagan Best Of” 5 of 5 stars
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Bagan Temples
Bagan Archaeological Zone, Bagan, Myanmar
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Ranked #1 of 52 things to do in Bagan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: An area of 42 sq km houses thousands of richly decorated pagodas & temples.
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“Bagan Best Of”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The most spectacular sight in Myanmar by far. With over 2000 temples dotting the landscape its difficult to know which ones to visit. I found it best to travel by horse & cart, the driver spoke good English and can tailor the day to suit you. Beware of burnt feet, you have to go barefoot in all temples & the ground can get painfully hot.
Heres a selection of the best, Ive tried to keep it varied because some are a bit samey.
Htilo Minlo - huge 45m high, nice murals, name means white umbrella.
Upali Thein - a small ordination hall right next to Htilo Minlo, don't miss this, great art inside.
Ananda Temple - the most famous of all, 4 huge standing buddhas inside, one smiles & frowns.
Manuha Temple - squeeze past oversized statues in deliberately confined small rooms.
Dhammayangyi - Pyramid shaped, reputedly haunted by people bricked up inside.
Sulemani - means small ruby, one of the best for frescoes with really bright colours.
Thatbyinyu - the tallest temple, 63m high white and boxy, not worth going inside.
Mahabodhi - small tall pyramid structure, based on an Indian temple in Bodhgaya.yu
Buphaya - Golden & gourd shaped on the banks of the Irrawaddy, rumoured to be from 300AD
Gawdawpalin - Similar to Htilo Minlo & Thatnbyinyu - but with no tourists.

Visited May 2013
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“Mind blowing! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Bagan temples for me were the highlight of Myanmar. We woke up before sunrise on our first morning and climbed one of the larger Pagodas to watch the sunrise. Although I'm terrified of heights it is a must do. In the dark you can just make out a few large pagodas around you and once the sun starts to rise the view just fills with all different sized pagodas. Hot air balloons also fill the sky. It is one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.

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“So many temples! Should be the eighth wonder of the world!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

When you arrive in Bagan and leave the airport you realise how different this area is from Yangon. It is very rural and full of little villages rather than any big towns.

The whole area is dotted with temples, shrines, pagodas and stupas. There are so many of them that without a guide you would not know which are the interesting ones, which you can climb and where the best murals are. Some of them are crumbling relics, but others look modern and new.

We should have been doing a balloon flight over them, but unfortunately it got cancelled due to strong winds, but I am sure that this would be an amazing way to view the whole temple area.

The sunsets were disappointing as, due to the heat, it was very dusty and the sky was covered with a hazy mist so the sun went down with a whimper rather than a shout! But it was still amazing to climb a pagoda and stand with hundreds of tourists and locals to watch this nightly spectacle. But ... someone should take the initiative and move the car park so as this ugly monstrosity us not in line of view between the pagoda and the mountains where the sun sets. The position of the sunset does not change, it always sets in the west! So move the car park! It does not make a good foreground on the photographs!

Visited March 2014
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“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The Bagan temples are one of the main tourist sites in Burma. Everyone will go there because it is simply spectacular. Being able to gaze across a plain and see pagodas as far as you can see is surreal. It's unbelievable that a place like this actually exists.
There is a $15 fee to the temples, but this can be avoided easily. I, like many other travellers, want to give as little money to the dodgy Burmese government as possible. The tickets are to bought at the Department of Archaeology. They are only checked at a couple of major temples. If the guard asks for your ticket just say you left it in your hotel. He will ask which hotel and which room, but won't record anything. He may also try to trick you by asking how much the ticket is ($15). It is not hard to avoid paying the government fee.
I was at the temples in March when it was notoriously hot. Personally, I didn't find the heat too bad, but I am Australian. A lot of people were getting up at sunrise, cruising the temples until midday before the afternoon sun kicks in, then napping in the afternoon before seeing the temples again for sunset. I found that because of this, many of the temples were tourist-free in the afternoon including some of the major ones like Shwesandaw. Just hire an e-bike and drink plenty of water and you could power through the day and enjoy the temples in peace.
My personal favourite sunrise viewing spot was Shwesandaw and for sunset, I found the best temple to go to was Pyathada. If you can find the North Guni temple, which is near Dhamayangyi Pahto, you will also get a sunset viewing spot without any tourists. That was definitely my highlight in Bagan.

Visited March 2014
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“Awesome day visiting the temples of Bagan with and excellent guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Loved all of it. The sunset temples can be a little scary if you are not happy with heights but I did still do it and our guide helped. Wonderful day. Its worth taking wet wipes because of the time spent barefoot in temples

Visited March 2014
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