Southeast Asia backpacking itinerary

Photo Highlights – Temples of Bagan

Temples Of Bagan Photo Highlights

The Temples of Bagan consist of over 2000 Buddhist temples in central Myanmar. They are the legacy it has having been the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan between the 9th and 13th centuries. This kingdom was the first to unify people in the regions that now make up modern Myanmar. It became a stronghold of Theravāda Buddhism after King Anawrahta conversion to the region, and it was under his leadership that the construction of all these temples began. There were over 10,000 temples in the past, the 2000 now are what remains.

Today you can visit this amazing place and explore these remaining temples. The big ones do have a large number of visitors but you can easily find yourself alone amongst the smaller temples.

These are a collection of photographs from when I visited the ancient temples in 2016. I really enjoyed my visit and it was a huge highlight of not just Myanmar but Southeast Asia as a whole!

Temples of Bagan
Shwesandaw Paya

Temples of Bagan

Temples Of Bagan
Goats being herded though the Temples of Bagan

Temples of Bagan

Decorations hanging from a tree in Bagan
Decorations hanging from a tree

Temples of Bagan
Temples of Bagan

Me looking out at the Temples of Bagan
Yup that’s me

Temples of Bagan

Robed Buddha statue in the Temples of Bagan

Looking out over the Temples of Bagan

2 Buddha statues side by side in the Temples of Bagan

Local market stalls in the temples of Bagan
Local market stalls in Bagan
Sunset overlooking the Temples of Bagan
Sunset is a popular time to go find a tall temple to sit on!

Information on Bagan

If your planning to visit Bagan and want to stay in a hostel then I recommend the Ostello Bello Bagan. It organises ebike sunrise and sunset tours and is a really good backpacker hub. To my current knowledge it is the only hostel in the area.

As is standard for Buddhist temples you need to remove your shows before entering them. This includes walking on them in any way. In Myanmar you also need to remove your socks as you must be barefoot.

When I visited in April the temperatures were extremely high. They reached up to 47C during the day! This meant you could only really go exploring before 11am and after 4pm each day. If your someone who struggles with heat, consider going in a cooler part of the year!

You need to pay a fee to enter the Bagan Archaeological Zone. As of 2017 it is 20 dollars.

The current inhabited areas are split into 3. Old Bagan, New Bagan and Nyaung-U. Most of the accommodation is the in the latter two. Old Bagan is great for Burmese restaurants and a good place to try out traditional Burmese food. 

A traditional Burmese meal in Old Bagan
A traditional Burmese meal

For more information on the country check out my guide to Myanmar.

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