Bagan Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 98%Budget Travelers
- 75%History Buffs
- 74%Spiritual Seekers
Member Reviews (13)
- BaganMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellness+ 1Feb 27, 2014
After taking in the many cultures of bustling Yangon, I took the overnight bus to Bagan, the city of temples. The bus system is pretty straightforward and seemed a lot safer than other Southeast Asian countries. We pulled into Bagan at 4am just in time to see the monks, dressed in crimson colored robes, walk the town for the morning alms. We were greeted at the bus station in the pitch black with horse-carts, which are, exactly what they sound like. Sitting on a wooden crate on wheels being dragged around town by a horse, I felt as if I had found the wild wild west. We were taken to a row of guesthouses and after trying two, we found Inn Wa Guesthouse had vacancy. Again, during peak season, I highly recommend booking in advance. At 5am, we took bikes and flashlights and set out to the temples, to find one to climb in time for the sky change from black to purple to a light blue, and then slowly a golden orange and pink as the sun began to seep through the valley, illuminating each temple as it went. It was calming, majestic, and even spiritual in it’s own way.
- BaganJan 29, 2013
Amazing. Unbelievable. It's hard to believe a place this beautiful exists. There are roughly 3,000 temples and pagodas in the few squares miles of Old Bagan, making it a truly magical place. You can easily spend a few days here. I HIGHLY recommend the Hotel @ Tharabar Gate. It's not just a great hotel: it's perfectly located for sightseeing, and it's literally a two-minute walk to some of the best restaurants in Old Bagan. (Yes, with drinks your dinner will be $8.)
- BaganMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 05, 2012
Ancient City of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Marco Polo once described Bagan as a "gilded city alive with tinkling bells and the swishing sounds of monks' robes". It is estimated that as many as 13,000 temples and stupas once stood on this 42 sq km area in central Myanmar, approximately 2,200 remain today in various states. Bagan became a central powerbase in the mid 9th century under King Anawratha, who unified Burma.Bagan's golden age ended in 1287 when the Kingdom and its capital city was invaded and sacked by the Mongols.
- BaganMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4First to ReviewJul 04, 2012
Bagan is filled with what must be 1,000s of ancient temples. Although they aren't as grand or well kept as the temples of Cambodia, what is striking here is the sheer number of sights. No matter which direction you turn, you will see hundreds of temples in the distance. The sunrises / sunsets here are fantastic and the people are incredibly friendly.
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