Bagan is one of the Asia's most amazing and richest archaeological sites. The ancient temples of Bagan stand today as they have been standing tor a thousand years.
Their tranquility embrace the visitors who feel as if they shed their anxieties as soon as they see these temples. Timeless and at peace, Bagan temples and pagodas soar to the skies, standing in splendour.
Bagan was the seat of power of the first kingdom of Bagan founded by King Anawrahta who was well dedicated to the people, to the country and Buddhism. From this time, Theravada Buddhism flourished in Myanmar and the thousands of temples we still see today, began to take shape. The successive Kings built magnificent pagodas, perfecting the architectural skills with each generation. Bagan was a great kingdom that rose to glory in the early 11th century. The age of Bagan was from AD 107 to AD 1369.
According to the inscriptions from Bagan Period, the literary name of Bagan was "Arimaddana pura" which means "crushing of enemies".
Situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River in the dry zone of Central Myanmar, Bagan is about 193 km south of Mandalay. Covering an area of 42 sq. km. Bagan is still well preserved with its ancient pagodas and temples of 11th - 13th century A.D.
Bagan has an International Airport. Daily flights between Yangon and Bagan take one hour and ten minutes. There are regular express coach services to Bagan from Yangon and Mandalay. Regular flights from Mandalay and Heho operate to Bagan which take only 20 minutes. Express trains from Yangon and Mandalay stop at Tharzi junction, from where it is accessible to Bagan by a 3-hour drive. There is a double-decker steamer service between Mandalay and Bagan and luxury cruise "Road to Mandalay" operated by E&O Express.
Where to stay
Bagan and Nyaung Oo have international standard hotels and local inns and guest houses with modern accommodation facilities at reasonable prices.