If the Angkor temples in Cambodia express exquisite in stone and brick, then Bagan- one of the most essential destinations to travel in Myanmar is the embodiment of immense beauty and solitude with countless temples, pagodas.
The Nyaung U Town is the first place where visitors can feel clearly the images of glorious past of the Bagan Buddhist land by visiting the Lawkachanthar – Thagyarhit – Thagyarpone temples. In the sun, red brick color shine vicissitudes of the ancient city.
Htilo Milo is a big and temple having exquisite appearance which was built by King Zeya Theinkha. According to the wishes of his father, Theinkha was the most deserving person. But to be fair, he had chosen her throne successor by the royal tradition. He used a white umbrella which was placed between the princes and the umbrella leaned toward someone who was chosen as the king.
Ananda was considered as the most beautiful temple in Bagan. This temple has 4 large gold Buddha statues placed in four directions. These 4 Buddhas achieved the Nirvana.
Sulamani temple was built in 1183 by the king Narapat. The outer wall of the temple was beautifully decorated, but Sulamani is different from other temples in the paintings which are exquisitely decorated on the wall, on the ceiling inside the temple. When you are inside this millennium temple, you will temporarily forget everything of the human life.
Dhammayangyi temple in shape of a pyramid is the biggest in Bagan. In particular, this temple has no cone as the other temples. This temple was built in brick without plaster by the king Narathu in 1167 after killing his father to seize the throne. Legend tells that the temple was built with the crime of the king Narathu so it is not completed and has no cone as the other temples.
As the highest temple in Bagan, the Thatbyinnyu temple impresses all visitors by bricks covered by the ancient moss of time. From far away, this temple dominates the Bagan ancient plains.
Shwesandaw is famous not as an architectural masterpiece but by the most beautiful place to watch the sunset and dawn. During the travel in Myanmar, travelers come often here to sit in a corner of the temple to look at the horizon waiting for the sunshine of a new day in peace.
You should also take a boat to look toward the Bupaya temple from the middle of the Ayeyarwady River to have a different perspective on the ancient Bagan. Bupaya was restored after the big earthquake in 1975.
Chanthar pagoda near the Ananda temple has characteristic architectural style of Myanmar. This pagoda was designed in harmony between bricks, wooden roofs and the moss of time. Chanthar is nestled under palm trees to create a peaceful atmosphere.
Shwezigon Golden Pagoda is original from Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Unlike the magnificent Shwedagon, Shwezigon brings a sense of peace though very large dimension. Legend tells that there were more than 30 tons of gold and thousands of precious stones on top. The admiration of the sunset from its corners is really an unforgettable experience during the travel Myanmar.