Bagan

Bagan is the main tourist attraction in Myanmar. One of the richest archaeological sites in Asia, is located on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. Also being the capital of first Myanmar Empire, Bagan covers an area of 42 sq.km containing over 2000 well-preserved pagodas and temoles of the 11th- 13th century.

Bagan was the capital of the first unified Empire of Anawrahta founded in 849 AD, and flourished from 1044 to the 13th century. Within an area of 42 km thousands of pagodas were built. The inventory of Bagan pagodas as documented by the Archeological Department listed the standing pagodas as 2217. In spite of inclement weather of a thousand year, which had destroyed, the precious works of art, whatever survived to this day still thrill the beholders. Notable among the ancient glory are Shwezigone, Ananda, Thabyinnyu and Dhammayangyi.

Bagan is just 193 km south of Mandalay in Upper Myanmar. It is on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. Known as the city of four million pagodas, Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia. Bagan city covers an area of 42 sq. km. There, one can find over 2,000 pagodas, temples and monasteries built during the Bagan Dynasty founded by King Anawrahta in 1044 A.D.

After unifying the country, Anawrahta accomplished another noble deed for the country: he introduced Tharavada Buddhism into Myanmar with the help of Shin_Arahan, a missionary monk from Thaton. It was Buddhism that influenced the rulers of Bagan Dynasty to build innumerable pagodas and temples in and around the city. The endless pagodas stand testimony to the rich cultural heritage of the Myanmars and also to the beauty and grandeur of ancient pagoda.

How to get there?
There are daily flights between Yangon and Bagan which take an hour and ten minutes. There are also express flights from Mandalay and Heho to Bagan, which take only 20 minutes. Express trains from Yangon and Mandalay stop at Thazi Junction, from where Bagan is accessible by road. The drive from Thazi Junction to Bagan is about three hours. There is a double-decker steamer ship service between Mandalay and Bagan, and a luxury cruise called the ‘Road to Mandalay’ operated by E&O Express.

Festival in Bagan

09 Jan  to 20 Feb Ananda Temple Festival in Bagan
12 Feb Nhtet Pyit Taung Pagoda Festival in Bagan
27 Feb  to 13 Mar Pakhan Ko Gyi Kyaw Festival in Shwe Gu Ni Village
13 Apr  to 16 Apr Myanmar Water Festival
17 Apr  Myanmar New Year
11 May Kason Fullmoon Day
08 July  to 09 July Shinbinsagyo Pagoda Ceremony in Salay
09 July  Waso Fullmoon Day
31 July  to 01 Aug Lawkananda Pagoda Festival in Bagan
07 Aug  to 08 Aug Myazedi Pagoda Festival in Myinkaba Village
08 Aug  Wa Gaung Fullmoon Day
05 Sep  to  06 Sep Manuha Pagoda Festival in Myinkapar Village
06  Oct  to 07 Oct Tadingyut Candle Light Festival
06  Oct Tadingyut Fullmoon Day Festival
03 Nov  to 11 Nov Shwezigon Pagoda Festival
04 Nov  Tazaungdaing Fullmoon Day Festival
03 Dec  to 04 Dec Ahlodawpyae Pagoda Festival in Bagan

Note: Check with your travel agent for confirmation of festival dates.