Bagan Myanmar (Burma)

Buddha Shrine at Myazedi Pagoda, Myinkaba Village, Myanmar (Burma)

Myazedi Stupa

Myazedi Stupa, which translates as “emerald stupa,” has an ancient stone tablet that includes the earliest known example of written Burmese language.

Buddha Statue at Naga Yon Hpaya Temple, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Nagayon Temple

Dating to around the end of the 11th century, Nagayon Temple lies just south of Myinkaba Village. Its dark interior hides some impressive frescoes and interesting design features.

Buddha Statue in Manuha Temple in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Manuha Temple

With several oversized statues of The Buddha crammed into spaces barely big enough to hold them, Manuha Temple is one of the easiest temples in Bagan to visit. It’s also one of the oddest.

Dragon and Elephant Statue at Abeyadana Temple in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Apeyadana Temple

Apeyadana Temple is dedicated to an 11th-century chief queen consort of King Kyansittha of the Pagan Dynasty of Burma (Myanmar) and maternal grandmother of King Sithu I of Pagan.

Pagodas of Bagan, Myanmar

Thatbyinnyu Temple

Thatbyinnyu Temple is the tallest of Bagan’s temples and occupies a prominent place near Old Bagan and the famous Ananda Temple.

Taungbi Village Pagoda, Old Bagan Myanmar (Burma)

Taungbi Village Pagoda

This small but ornate pagoda lies deep in Taungbi Village, just to the northeast of Old Bagan and not far from the much better known Htilominlo Temple.

Pagodas of Bagan, Myanmar

Dhammayazika Pagoda

Its gleaming gold stupa certainly stands out against the surrounding countryside. Completed in 1198, it features an unusual 5-sided design.

Lemyethna Pagoda in the Bagan Archaeological Zone

Lemyethna Pagoda

Dating back to the early 13th century and featuring impressive frescoes, Lemyethna Pagoda is located in the eastern part of the Bagan Archaeological Zone.

Renovated Stucco at Tayok Pye Temple, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Tayok Pye Temple

Tayok Pye Temple is in the eastern part of the Bagan Plain and features ornate stucco decoration and impressive frescoes.

Ananda Temple, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Ananda Temple

Ananda Temple is one of the most famous, most visited, and most renovated temples in Bagan, and it has been an active place of worship for nearly a millennia.

View from the Terraces of Thisa-wadi Temple, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Thisa-wadi Temple

Dating to 1334, Thisa-wadi Temple isn’t the grandest of the thousands of temples, stupas, and pagodas in Bagan, but it is one of a handful where it’s possible (and allowed) to climb on the upper terraces for wonderful views out over the plain of Bagan.

Gold Statue of Gautama Buddha in Htilominlo Temple in Nyaung-U, Myanmar (Burma)

Htilominlo Temple

Htilominlo Temple is a large, two-story, 12th-century temple in the northern part of the Bagan plain best known for its ornate stucco decoration.

Reclining Buddha at Dhammayan Gyi Phaya Temple

Dhammayangyi Temple

Dating back to the 12th century, Dhammayangyi Temple is the largest temple in Bagan. Just mind the bats!

Bagan Nyaung Airport

Nyaung-U Airport

If you’re flying to Bagan, this is the airport you’ll fly into. As small as it is, it’s the airport that serves as the gateway to the Bagan region.

Pictorial Guide to Pagan (Bagan)

This guide was produced by the Burmese Ministry of Union Culture in 1963 and contains fascinating historical photographs as well as useful, unique information on the pagodas and temples of Bagan.