Bagan is an ancient town with the biggest and densest concentration of temples and pagodas in the world. During its golden years as the center of the Pagan kingdom, now known as Myanmar, over 10,000 Buddhists monuments were constructed in its vast plains. However, only around 2,000 of these monuments remain and can be seen today.
Bagan is home to 2,200 temples and pagodas! You may not have the chance to visit all of them, but here is the list of the most famous ones.
Shwezigon Paya: This is one of the most famous and significant religious monuments in Bagan. Built in the 11th century, it now serves as a prototype for the construction of newer pagodas in the country and is believed to enshrine the frontal and collar bones of Buddha.
Htilominlo Pahto: This is an impressive red-brick Buddhist temple in Bagan. Its name comes from the king who built it, and it was erected on the exact spot where that king was chosen to rule.
Ananda Pahto: This is considered as the most important temple in Bagan, thus, it is always well-preserved via constant painting and whitewashing.
Dhammayangyi Pahto: It was built by a crazed ruler called King Narathu. Many say that the king was assassinated inside this temple, which could then be haunted.
Sulamani Pahto: This temple is frequently visited by tourists because of its sophisticated brickwork and intricate carvings. It is known as the “crown jewel” of Bagan.
Pya-Tha-Da Paya: Reaching this pagoda is quite challenging; it will take a lot of wrong turns and u-turns. However, your patience will be rewarded as this climbable pagoda is the perfect place to end a day in the soft light of the sunset.