Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian Era. It lies on the bend of the Ayeyarwaddy River. Bagan can be marked to have started with King Anawrahta. He ascended the throne of Bagan in 1044. At that time, the kingdom was under the Mahayana religion. After Shin Arahan's arrival to Bagan, it converted to Theravada Buddhism. It was said to be that each and every household was able to donate an enshrined Pagoda, because of their faith in Buddhism believe and also because of their wealth.

The great Shwezigon was one of King Anawrahta's donation during his time.

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Ananda Temple

Ananda temple is considered to be one of the most surviving masterpiece of the Mon architecture. Also known as the finest, largest, best preserved and most…

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Bagan City

Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Burma (Myanmar). From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan,…

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Bagan Panorama

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Dhama Yan Kyi

Dhammayangyi Temple is the most massive structure in Bagan which has a similar architectural plan to Ananda Temple. It was built by King Narathu (1167-70), who…

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Gu Byauk Gyi

Close to Wetkyi-in village, this 13th-century 'cave temple' has an Indian-style spire like the Mahabodhi Pagoda in Bagan. It is interesting for the fine…

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Hti Lomin Lo

Situated close to the road between Nyaung U and Bagan, and about 1.5 km northeast of Bagan. This large temple was built by King Nantaungmya in 1218. The temple…

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Kyansittha Umin

Kyanzittha Umin means "the cave of Kyanzittha". This cave is a lowe, unpretentious brick structure with long dark corridors. Located only a short distance west…

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Ley Myant Hner

The Leimyethna temple, the "Temple of the Four Faces", is a beautiful example of a single-storeyed temple built in the Late Style.

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Maha zedi Pagoda

Maha Zedi Temple has a series of receding terraces, surmounted by a cylindrical or bell-shaped dome which continues into a finial of concentric rings.

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Man Thu Village

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Man U Ha

The name "Manuha" was given after the Mon king from Thaton who was held captive in Bagan by King Anawrahta. Legend says that Manuha was allowed to build this…

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Myazedi paya

Next to the Gubyaukgyi stands the gilded Myazedi or 'Emerald Stupa'. A four-sided pillar in a cage between the two monuments bears an inscription consecrating…

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Nanpaya Temple

Close behind the Manuha Pagoda, there is a shrine mostly known as "Nanpaya". It is said to have been used as Manuha's prison although there is little evidence…

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Nathlaung Kyaung Paya

Nathlaung Kyaung means 'Shrine Confining Nats or Spirits', a reference to a purported time when King Anawratha tried to banish Nat worship in Bagan. He is said…

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Ngakwenadaung Paya

Near the Thatbyinnyu pagoda and near the Nathlaung Kyaung, there lies a 10th-century pagoda which features the bulbous shape favored by the Pyus. North of this…

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Riverside Restaraunt

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Sein Nyat

It is a pagoda of an unusual type. The three receding square terraces and the bell-shaped dome do not differ much from those of other pagodas.

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Shwegugyi Temple

Said to have been built by Seinnyet Queen in the 11th century A.D. but the design appears to belong to the later Burmese style of 13th century.

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Shwesandaw paya

King Anawrahta built Shwesandaw Pagoda after his conquest of Thaton in 1057. This graceful circular pagoda was constructed at the centre of his newly empowered…

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Shwezigone Stupa

Shwezigon was built as the most important reliquary shrine in Bagan, a centre of prayer and reflection for the new Theravada faith King Anawarahta had…

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Than Daw Gha

This six meter-high stone image of the Buddha was built in 1284, just before the Mongol invasion. The image was built by the tuff from Mount Popa. It was in…

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Thatbyinnyu Temple (tallest)

Towering above the other monuments of Bagan, the magnificence in white which is the Thatbyinnyu takes its name from the Omniscience of the Buddha.…

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