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10 Interesting facts about Old Bagan, Myanmar - Learn about Old Bagan

Bagan which used to be known as Pagan was the capital of modern-day Myanmar and it is located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar.


Past to present

As a city that used to have more thousands of temples, the Bagan city used to be one of the most sacred and religiously important locations in Myanmar. Time and war changed the situation but things are now looking better as there are many tourists who are coming to Myanmar through several travel partners such as Aitken Spence Travels Myanmar. This destination is also one of the cheaper Asian travel destinations which interest a lot of travellers.


The main attraction

Bagan Archaeological Zone is the main attraction for the tourists who come into the city. There are many temples such as the Ananda Temple, Htilominlo Temple, Shwezigon Pagoda, Thatbinnyu Temple, Myinkaba Gubyaukgyi Temple are some of the prominent ones.


Sea of Temples

Bagan is proudly known as the 'Sea of Temples' due to the 10,000 Buddhist temples that were built in the 11th to 13th Century and there are 2000 temples remaining at the moment.


Delightful Weather

Bagan is known to get the most amount of sun in Myanmar. Due to this reason, the weather is absolutely perfect for any sightseeing or temple hopping plans you have set for the day. Even if you plan to be walking along the paths to explore the area, you will be pleased with the pleasant weather


Tantalising cuisine

It is said that the food in Bagan is the best in Asia and no one doubts this when they are leaving Bagan after visiting Myanmar. A travel guide, brochure, e-flyer whatever the mode is all marketing material will mention the scrumptious food in Bagan.


Traditions and customs

Bagan is a traditional and conservative area. When you are packing clothes remember to pack some scarves and wrap around so you are able to dress modestly especially when you go to the temples.


How to explore

A temple hopping tour is an ideal way to explore Bagan but keep in mind that you should not fit in all the temples you can think of as this will be exhausting and you will not be able to enjoy the trip at all. Plan to visit some of the most popular and well-known temples so you are able to make the best of your trip.


Best time to visit

The best time to visit Bagan is during November and May. The weather is quite nice and there is not much rainfall during this time of the year so you are able to walk around and go sightseeing to your heart's content.


Plan ahead

To get to Bagan you select either way that you prefer between a flight and a bus. There are direct flights to Nyaung U Airport which is just a few munites drive from the city and you can get on the bus or the train from Mandalay or Yangon if you wish to explore more of the country.


How to make the best of the visit

Bagan is a city that can be explored in many different ways. Being prepared and making prior arrangements is the best way to make the best of your trip so you do not miss out on any of the activities.

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