Known as one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia, Bagan is an ancient city in Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries it was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first empire that now is Myanmar.
Over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries from the 11th century survived from a huge amount of earthquakes; spread across the area, the different constructions are the most impressive testament of Buddhist religion. The area is divided in four main settlements: Nyaung U, Old, Myinkaba and New. Each temple and pagoda is unique and tourists can visit the sanctuaries inside or climbing the steps outside.
How to visit the temples
There are different ways of visiting this site and the easiest and more convenient is hiring bikes. Getting around by bike allows to see a lot and almost all hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and shops offer this service. Another option is to use a horse and cart guided tour, a romantic way to see the site. Then it is possible to hire a taxi but the most unique way to see Bagan is on a hot air balloon. Offering a spectacular sky view of the temples, this experience is expensive but never to forget.
Info: http://www.go-myanmar.com/the-temples-of-bagan – MMK 25,000 entry fee
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