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BAGAN PROVINCE

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Bagan is the biggest and one of the richest archaeological sites in south-east Asia with over 2200 monuments still standing, about 1000 are in ruins. There were originally 4446 monuments; temples, pagoda, monasteries, ordination halls, dotted in Bagan.
 
Once Bagan was the glorious and rich capital of the first Myanmar empire and 55 kings ruled over Bagan dynasty during 12 centuries. In 13th century, Bagan was destroyed by the Mongols and the city was broken up into several small kingdoms near Mandalay.
 
Today Bagan is world-heritage site and it is just a village with about 3000 inhabitants. They are living from agriculture and tourism. Bagan today is just a skeleton of the glorious past but this place, remaining thousand of ancient monuments, will bring you back 11th century and being in Bagan for a visit is really, really amazing. Mandalay to Bagan boat trip is an excellent while relaxing and getting sunburn on the cruise during your travel. It takes about 8 hours.
CLIMATE
Bagan enjoys a dry climate throughout most of the year. Average temperature during the summer months (April to September) is around 32 degrees, and around 28 degrees the rest of the year.
HOW TO GET THERE ?
There are daily flights between Yangon and Bagan which take an hour and ten minutes.  There are also regular flights from Mandalay and Heho to Bagan which take only 20 minutes. Regular express coach services take about 14 hours from Yangon and 6 hours from Mandalay. Bagan Express train runs across the countryside, which takes about 19 hours from Yangon. River cruise on the majestic Ayeyarwaddy River to Nyaung Oo and which takes about 8 hours from Mandalay.
 
Bagan is a highlight of any trip to Myanmar and a minimum stay of one night is essential in any itinerary. Clients wishing to include a trip to Mount Popa should plan on 2 nights in Bagan, a third night would allow time to go across the river or to visit Salay.
GETTING AROUND
Horse carts are popular ways travelling around Bagan. Visitors can also hire bicycles at some hotels and guest houses to roam around. The charges are taken per hour service. Ferry boats can also be hired to flow in the Ayeyarwaddy. The ferry stand is near the Bu Pagoda. The views from the Ayeyarwaddy is also an interesting way to explore Bagan.
 
Bus and Express
There are Daily Expresses from Yangon and other major cities.
 
Car
One can hire a car from a car rental agency or from a travel agent. Different types of cars, coach seaters are available.
 
Air
There are daily flights from Air Bagan, Yangon Airways, Air Mandalay and Myanmar Airways to Nyaung U Airport, Bagan. The flight schedules may change from time to time depending on the weather. But this is the fastest way to explore Bagan.
WHAT TO SEE ?
Shwe Zi Gon Pagoda
The Shwe Zi Gon Pagoda's name was derived from Ground of Victory Jeyyabhumi, and was associated with the two great kings Anawrahta and Kyansitta for their backing of the Buddhist religion. The holy tooth, collar-bone and frontlet of Lord Buddha were presented as a gift by the King of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka ) to King Anawrahta who made a solemn vow stating "Let the white elephant kneel in the place where the holy relic is fain to rest!" Where the elephant knelt was where Anawrahta built the Shwezigon, but he only finished the three terraces before his death. King Kyansitta was by Shin Arahan to complete the pagoda, which he did in seven months and seven days.
 
Ananda Temple 
The Ananda Temple is one of King Kyansitta's enormous accomplishments. The structure of this temple has a tall arched small room or alcove on four sides. Within these alcoves are standing images of Buddha. The natural light enters and spreads into the temple through the dormer windows onto the faces of these images.
 
Bupaya Pagoda
Located high on a cliff of the Ayeyarwady, the small white Bupaya is a landmark for travelers along the river. The earthquake of 1975 destroyed it, but it has been reconstructed. The pagoda has a spherical dome rather similar to that of the earring of a person named buffalo or Ngakywenadaung. The dome is surmounted by a gold complex band capped by the narrowing top and Hti (glorious umbrella).
 
Thatbyinnyu Temple 
The name Thatbyinnyutanyan (wisdom) is taken from Buddha's omniscience. The terraces of Thatbyinnyu Pagoda overlook the panoramic view of Bagan.
 
Dhammayangyi
Dhammayangyi can be seen from various directions, and it is significantly structured and laid with fine bricks. Its design resembles the Ananda pagoda, that is, a square shape, with porches casting out on all four directions.
 
Manuha Temple 
King Anawrahta had attributed this temple to Manuha the conquered king of Thaton. It contains a seated image of Buddha with the right hand in the gesture of poignant and looking towards the east.
 
Alodawpyi Pagoda
Alodaw Pyi means literally "Wish-fulfilling Pagoda". King Kyansitta erected this pagoda in the 11th century. While serving under King Anawrahta as a general, he made a vow to promote the Buddhist religion (sasana) and to bring peace to the entire of Bagan. When his wishes were fulfilled the name was granted.
 
Bagan Archaeological Museum
The Bagan Archaeological Museum was opened a century ago by Inscription Senior Officer U Taw Sein Kho as the first archaeological museum in Myanmar.
 
In October 1979, the octagonal-shaped Archaeological Museum was opened. In March 1995, building of the new Bagan Archaeological Museum began. The Archaeological Museum, on 10.97 acres, was completed in April 1998 at a cost of over 1,200 million kyats. The museum was officially opened on April 17 1998, and currently there are nine exhibition halls.
 

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