Shwesandaw Pagoda

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Shwesandaw Pagoda
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Jesus V F H
Maastricht, The Netherlands541 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Guys, seriously, stop trying to pay the security or anyone else to climb up and take a picture... Admire the beauty of the place and move on. This one is also quiet lonely and peaceful. Vendors around it will offer to take you to places where you can see the sunset and the sunrise
Written January 2, 2020
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JoyBose
Bengaluru, India344 contributions
Dec 2019
This pagoda was one of the high places from where one could observe the beautiful sunrise and sunset over Bagan. So it was usually crowded with tourists and visitors in sunset time.

But now, climbing the pagoda is not allowed, probably due to safety concerns. So one can no longer use it to watch the sunset. But it is nevertheless still a beautiful and symmetrical pagoda. The architecture is unique compared to the other Bagan pagodas. It has a number of stairs in all the four directions to go to the higher levels.

One must leave shoes outside the complex before entering. The are also lots of shops outside this pagoda complex.
Written November 3, 2020
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Shreya Saha
Phitsanulok, Thailand939 contributions
Mar 2019
The sun already started setting, we rushed to one of the taller pagodas in the area – Shwesandaw Pagoda – an imposing structure visible from far away rising from the plains of Bagan, and is very popular among tourists for sunset. Our tickets for the archaeological zone were checked here. Be careful while climbing the steep stairs to the top of the Shwesandaw temple to witness one of the popular sunsets of Bagan.
Written February 20, 2020
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Jittima P
952 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
It is not allowed to climb up anymore.
There's a 2nd largest reclining buddha in Bagan.
Lots of people following to give photo service with asking money in return.
Souvenirs selling here is double priced.
Written January 26, 2020
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Richard B
Edinburgh, UK3,845 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
One of many temples or pagodas in Bagan. Well, one of about two thousand anyway. However, that said, still manages to stand out in what is an embarrassment of riches.

The Pagoda is nestled in amongst some of the most interesting temples that also sit near this ancient world masterclass. Well worth a look when you are in the archaeological site.
Written February 4, 2020
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Chris Barr
Darlington, UK730 contributions
Jan 2017 • Friends
Our driver brought us here for the sunset views and by the time we arrived it was getting busy.
Make sure you have your archaeological pass with you as ours got checked, the climb up is very steep with high large steps and it does get busy with people juggling for the best position and viewpoint.
Simply stunning as the sun goes down and the only place in the world where a sunset was applauded, probably some Americans were in attendance.
Well worth the visit and wish we had done the sunrise one too.
Written February 2, 2017
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The Wandering Reviewer
Melbourne, Australia9,590 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
The Shwesandaw Pagoda contains a series of five terraces, topped with a cylindrical stupa, which has a bejewelled umbrella. The pagoda was built by King Anawrahta in 1057, and once contained terra cotta tiles depicting scenes from the Jataka. Enshrined within the pagoda are sacred hairs of Gautama Buddha.
This is probably the most popular place for tourists to take sunset photos. Nearly everyone goes to the fifth level but the best photos are taken at the third. The crowds are dreadful and I spent around a half hour here and left to find something better (which I did). The hawkers are in your face all the time and won't leave you alone too.
You have to take your shoes off and cover your shoulders and knees with appropriate clothing.
I got annoyed with some of the pushy people so as the sunset wasn't going to be that great, went to the opposite side and captured the photos I've added here. Very happy with myself.
I passed this pagoda in the daytime and it was still busy. It's worth a visit but there are less crowded ones and better architecture around.
Written October 4, 2015
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Daveozz
Kfar Saba, Israel225 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
It is by far one of the most overwhelming yet popular and crowded Pagodas in Bagan, specially towaeds sunset time as its one of the last tall pagodas you are allowed to climb on. Nevertheless, it was the only site in the old Bagan where we were asked to buy the 20$ pass ticket.

So that leads me to a golden tip: go there with your bike/car/cart, enjoy the view from outside the pagodas entrance and then head out to the nearby South Guni Pagoda (you can ask the locals for directions). This one is pretty, much less crowded and is a great spot for a panoramic view. Needless to say- it's free. Save your bucks for a good meal in one of Old Bagan's good restaurants :-)
Written July 28, 2015
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Donald H
Singapore, Singapore85 contributions
Apr 2013 • Friends
We went here for both sunrise and sunset. Recommend come for sunrise, less tourists and enjoyed stunning view and peaceful atmosphere. We arrived there at 4:15AM and was the first arriving and climbed up to the top. Luckily for us, we can enjoy the moon, the night view and sunrise view also :-). Highly recommend.
Written April 9, 2013
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Adam R
Warsaw, Poland131 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Dress code is needed to get inside. Its one of the biggest temples in the area. There is a market at the entrance.
Written November 23, 2019
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