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Bagan (City of First Emperor)

 

Bagan is just 193 km south of Mandalay in Upper Myanmar accessible by boat, road and by air. From Yangon 682 km by land route. All domestic flights fly daily to and fro Bagan-Yangon. Since Bagan is a famous tourist site of Myanmar, it is well facilitated for accommodation and communication. There are variety of hotels like in Mandalay and Yangon.
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. Bagan was the capital of the first unified Empire of Anawrahta founded in 849 AD, and flourished from 1044 to the 13th century. According to the inventory of the Archeological Department, there are 2217 standing pagodas. It is on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. One can find over 2,000 pagodas, temples and monasteries built during the Bagan Dynasty. In spite of adverse conditions weather for over a thousand year, destroying, the precious works of art, whatever survived to this day still thrill the beholders. Notable among the ancient glory are the big four, Shwezigone, Ananda, Thabyinnyu and Dhammayangyi.
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 pagodas.

Dinning

Well decorated and equipped restaurants in Bagan offer Chinese and Myanmar delicacy especially for the foreigners. Almost every restaurant arranged Myanmar traditional cultural dance performances and Puppet show together with dinner.Restaurants

Highlights

Spectacular plain of Bagan dotted with thousands of 800-year-old temple ruins.
Sunset over the Ayeyarwaddy River, viewed from the top of Shwe Sandaw or Pyathetgyi Pagoda.
Colonial architecture of old Yangon including the legendary Strand Hotel.
Mystical Mt. Popa, home to Myanmar’s nats.
Little known Bagan Era ruins and monastery museum of Salay