Myanmar is a country of ancient wonder and beauty with Bagan at the top of the list! Known as the Bagan Archaeological Zone this is a true Temple Town with a huge array of majestic temples to inspire you. With spirituality, culture and religion showcased in every element of Bagan’s charm there is bound to be an attraction that will offer you the perfect opportunity to embrace the unique Myanmar experience.
Immerse yourself in a culture that will captivate you as you discover the hidden secrets of breathtaking Bagan. So what are you waiting for? Plan an unforgettable vacation in Bagan today.
The history of Bagan
Bagan was founded in 1044 when King Anawrahta forcefully took the throne. He was the one to introduce Buddhism into the country and was behind the construction of Bagan’s first temple, The Grand Shwezigon. The King was passionate about the scriptures which were held by the Mons who enlightened him and were eventually taken from them by force when they refused to hand them over.
He was killed by a wild buffalo but his Dynasty remained in power for another 200 years after his death. Many of the temples were built during this time period and it was even considered to be the Golden Age of the region.
King Narathihapati built the extravagant pagoda which left the city in financial ruins during the attack of the Kublai Khan in 1287. This was not the only destruction the city faced as in 1975 a massive earthquake hit Bagan and left many of the famous structures damaged.
In 1990 further dismay occurred as the Myanmar government passed a relocation movement in which all the residents of Bagan were forced to move to an underdeveloped region now known as New Bagan.
Tourist attractions in Bagan
Bagan is a Temple Town to be noted! The city showcases an enticing array of Temples which each have their own unique stories. These award winning temples display the importance of religion and spirituality in the region and share a glimpse at the history of Buddhism. The Bagan Temple, Ananda Temple and the Sulamani Guphaya Temple are amongst the most visited temples with each one of them being awarded the title of Travellers’ Choice Favourites. Make sure you visit the Shwesandaw Pagoda; this popular attraction boasts the extravagance of the times as well as an exquisite natural charm that will inspire you. Take in the views of Bagan from an exhilarating balloon ride or take a trip to the Bulethi Temple to admire the architecture and the surrounding beauty below. Soak up the beauty of the river, the volcano and the colourful culture. From temple tours to hikes, mountain biking and volcano watching, Bagan is a city that will amaze you so arrive with an open heart and an open mind.
Accommodation in Bagan
Feel at home in breathtaking Bagan. The city showcases exquisite architecture from the temples to the luxury tourist hotels ensuring that every moment of your stay is as unforgettable as the last! Choose from a variety of hotels, lodges and river resorts in this spectacular archaeological zone. Whether you are looking forward to a low key vacation in a spiritual paradise or you would rather spend a little bit more on comfort, style and luxury, there will be a hotel that will suit you to perfection.