: Archeological Zone (The Land of Pagodas)
James Scott, in his book, (THE BURMAN 1882)
had said of Bagan, that Bagan is in many
respects the most remarkable religious City
of the world. The whole space is thickly
studded with Pagodas of all sizes and
shapes, and the very ground is so thickly
covered with crumbling remnants of all
vanished shrines, that according to popular
saying you cannot move foot or hand without
touching a sacred thing.
was founded in 849 AD and became the capital
of first unified Kingdom and the first
multinational Union of Myanmar in 1044 AD.
It is located in the east bank of the famous
Ayeyarwady River with the span of 42 square
kilometers where there are over 5,000
mysterious and magnificent stupas and hollow
pagodas that are making Bagan the wonders of
the world. The temples in Bagan are
infinitely fascinating, each with its own
story and legend.
of interest in Bagan are, Ananda Temple, the
most beautiful and the finest in art.
Thabinnyu, the tallest Temple. Dhamayangyi,
the biggest building. Shwezigon Pagoda, the
first prototype of Myanmar Pagoda. Mahabodhi,
resemble to Indian temple. HtiloMinlo, the
finest plaster carvings on inside and
outside walls. Dhamayazaka, the pentagonal
shape. Sarabha Gate, the main entrance into
Shwegugyi, in front of the excavated Palace
site. Ananda Okkyaung, with fine mural
paintings of late Bagan period. Kyansittha
Umin (cave), with wall paintings of scenes
of Buddhist life. Wetkyi Inn Gubyaukkyi,
with wall paintings. Pitaka Taik, the
library of Buddhist teachings in the past.
Nathlyung Kyung, with spiritual Nat inside.
Shwesandaw Pagoda with steep stairs to the
top. Alopyae temple, with paintings on
inside wall. Manuha temple, with huge bowl
at the entrance. Myazedi and Myinkaba
Gubyaukkyi, with big stone scripts in four
languages from 2000 years ago and wall
paintings, preserved by UNESCO. Thandawgya
Pagoda, Mingalar Zedi with views over Bagan.
Gawdawpalin is on the riverbank. Buphaya,
with the view of sunset over the river
Ayarwaddy. Nyaung Oo Market, Museum and
traditional handicraft shops are to visit.
miles from Bagan by road is a place for the
peoples, who love Spiritual nats. The main
mountain is known as the extinct volcano and
is about 5000ft above sea level. But
Taungklat is a small rocky mountain shoots
up like a tree trunk of 2500 ft high. Its
like an oasis year round while the Bagan
plain is hot like desert. One of the summer
Resorts in central Myanmar.