If Angkor in Cambodia shows its sophistication in rocks and bricks, Bagan in Myanmar is the symbol of immense and isolated beauty with numerous sacred pagodas and temples. Let’s travel to Myanmar to discover Bagan ancient city with 10 famous pagodas below:
From Nyang U Town, the first stop tourists can feel the shadow of the splendid Buddhism past in Bagan is Lawkachanthar – Thagyarhit – Thagyarpone. Under the sunlight of the dawn, the red bricks will reflect the time color of the ancient city
Htilo Mininlo is the temple of magnitude and sophistication, built by King Zeya Theinkha. As his father’s wish, Theinkha best deserved to become a king. However, to be justice, he chose the next person for succeeding the throneby using a white umbrella as royal tradition, meaning that the umbrella will be put in the middle of princes and then, if it lean toward someone, he will be the chosen one.
Ananda is referred to as the most beautiful temple in Bagan with 4 great golden Buddha statues towards 4 directions. In which, with the Buddha in the South, it is said that when going to that Buddha to pray, keep smiling to be peaceful.
Sulamani is the temple built in 1183 by King Narapatisithu. The statues outside the temple are decorated beautifully but Sulamani is different from other temples in the delicate pictures on the ceilings inside the temple. When steping into the thousand-year temple, you will feel like that you has left the problems or worries and forget them temporarily
Dhammayangyi is the temple having the largest area in Bagan. Its shape looks like pyramid but no top is its difference. It was built in 1167 by King Narathu (Kalagya Min) after killing his own father. Narathu took over the throne and built the temple by the red bricks without grout. As the legend, this temple could not be completed because of the consequences the King brought about. That is also the reason why it has no top.
The highest temple in Bagan, Thatbyinnyu impresses the tourists with the moss-grown brick pieces by time. From the distance, the temple is out-standing among the plain of Bagan
Shwesantaw is known for not only its architectural work but also the best place to sightsee the sunset and the dawn of new day. Coming to there, tourists often choose a corner for themselves to look toward the horizon and wait for the first rays of sunshine of the new day in peace.
You should go on a boat to the middle of Ayeyyarwardy to look toward Bupaya pagoda to have another view about ancient Bagan. It is restored after the big earthquake in 1975
Nochanthar is near Ananda with the unique architect of Myanmar, meaning that it is designed harmoniously between, bricks, wood roof and the moss colors. It is hidden under the green tree lines to create a strangely peaceful scene
Shwezigon golden pagoda is the original version of Shwedagon golden pagoda in Yangon. Different from the splendid Shwedagon, this temple brings visitors the peaceful feeling no matter how large it is. Up to over 30 tons of gold were gilded and thousands of gems were put on the top as the legend. Going find a corner to sightsee the sunset in horizon and experience the soul’s peace is an interesting thing to do.