A historic capital, Bagan, known as city of tour million Pagodas, is the richest archaeological site in Asia. This enchanting city is situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy river about 193 km South of Mandalay.Once the centre of a glorius kingdom,ancient temples is the landscape as far as the eye can see. Today apart from spectacular sunset views and serene river cruises, Bagan is also the centre of the expanding Myanmar lacquer ware industry.
Htilo Minlo Temple
Its built about (1211AD) by Nan-daung–Mya Min, the Htilo Minlo is one of the largest temples of Bagan. It is a double storages structure rising 50 meters above the ground. This temple is noted for its fine plaster carvings on the arch pediments, frieze and pilaster.
This 12 th century temple was built by king Narapati-Sitthu, is about 60 meters high from the upper terrace of Gawdawpalin Temple, one can leisurely watch the sunset over the scenic beauty of the Ayeyarwaddy river with the backdrop of Tantkyitaung hill and the panoramic view of ancient Bagan. The fading light gradually veils the ruined city of bagan Bagan Sunset” and will never forget one’s itinerary in Myanmar.
Standing on high brick plinth, this temple was built by king Alaungsithu in 1131 AD. The arch-pediments, pilasters, plinth and cornice mounding are decorated with fine stucco carving, evidence of Myanmar architecture in the early 12th century
The Ananda Temple, complete in 1090 is King Kyansitha’s master piece and the crowing achievement of the perfect Greek cross. There are 4 huge Buddha image in standing position and a series of 80 relief’s depicting the final life of the Buddha from his birth to his enlightenment which is notable. The Anada pagoda festival held in January is a big event drawing pilgrims even from far away places.
Gubyaukgyi Temple(wet kyi inn)
A 13th century temple with a spire resembling the Maha-Bodi temple at Budha Gaya. This temple is known far its wall paintings depicting scenes from the Jataka.
Its over 66 meters high,the temple was built by king Alaungsithu in the middle of 15th century. It overtops all other monuments and affords visitors a magnificent panorama of Bagan plains.