Bagan

 
 

Bagan (formerly Pagan) is a major and probably the most impressive archaeological site in Myanmar. Indeed, ưherever you lock your eyes, there are relics made of bricks and stucco, and sometimes still covered with gold leaf, ranging from imposing temples to charming little zedi lost in the fields, which between which winding paths. Climb on one of the 2000 temples to admire the panoramic view of the site and understand all the Buddhist fervor and how extravagance it took to create such an artistic work: monumental, crazy and sublime... The extraordinary fervor at the origin of this unparalleled gathering (2,230 monuments in the last census, but the figures of the 13th century showed the double!) lasted two and a half centuries. Thus it was the establishment of the "First Burmese Empire".

The architectural heritage built between the 11th and 13th centuries underwent degradation, mainly caused by earthquakes and the overflows of Irrawaddy River. The earthquake in 1975 was particularly devastating, but a program set up by UNESCO helped restore the main sites.

Do not forget to take your shoes off when entering a temple...

 

When to visit Bagan?

All year round. With its desert location (very hot and dry climate), it rarely rains there even during the rainy season (unlike Yangon for example). Humidity is low and temperatures are also higher than in the Central or Eastern part of the country. It is therefore necessary to think of covering your skin and to carry solar protections.

The peak heat being between noon and 3pm, it is recommended to visit the sites early in the morning and late afternoon (and enjoy the sunset).

 Our selection

Bagan has thousands of temples because the kings in the past all wanted to leave a trace of their passage. This site is legendary and is the largest in the world concerning the number of stupas and pagodas. Our team selected the most important and especially the most beautiful during our inspection trip.

Good to knows

Since the last earthquake in 2016, many monuments have been unstable. In order to minimize the impact of tourism and protect it, the authorities have banned most of the most important stupas and temples. Our guide will take you on the roof of a stupa in complete discretion to enjoy the splendid landscape. 

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