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Overlooking Bagan's tempellandscape is one of the most fascinating places of interest in Southeast Asia. Situated on the bank of the Irrawaddy River in the heart of Myanmar, this old town is full of thousand of atmospheric peaks and complicated stupas. Here are some of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Overlooking Bagan's tempellandscape is one of the most fascinating places of interest in Southeast Asia. Situated on the bank of the Irrawaddy River in the heart of Myanmar, this old town is full of thousand of atmospheric peaks and complicated stupas. Here are some of the most beautiful cities in the world. Discover Bagan by road is the simplest way, but why not hire a bike to wander free through this holy town and find its caches.
If you want something very peculiar, take a hot-air flight to heaven and float quietly over the Bagan Temple. When you' re ready to discover the old city of Myanmar, contact us to create your own tailor-made tour.
Myanmar, six must see temples in Bagan
Featuring tens of thousand Stupa and Paya's to see, there is not a perfect way to see Bagan's collections of wards. As Bagan's largest, most scenically attractive and beloved places, the monasteries on this prestigious route should be added to any Bagan Tempel Shopping Route that lasts longer than one full year.
My leader Aung Kyaw Moe says you stay on half-day two stop cruises: "Visiting the Shwezigon and Ananda Temples for a half days trip," says Mr. Aung. If you want to go on longer trips, you can organize your trips around the places mentioned here. A few tips: For two of these templates (Htilominlo and Shwesandaw), the locals will surely verify that you have a current Bagan passport; spot controls can also take place elsewhere.
If you plan to see all six in a full working days, select the bagan transport option that will take you around the quickest (car with chauffeur, yes;....MORE horse and cart, hell no). In order to get a handle on the secret Myanmar speech, please have a look at our little cribsheet. If you want an alternate route to the sanctuary, have a look at this schedule of Bagan sanctuaries overlooking the setting sun.
When Shwezigon was finished in 1086 AD, the symmetrical and beautiful nature of the shrine was used as a role-model to many temples constructed throughout the kingdom. Commissioned by the great founder kings Anawrahta and supplemented by his successors Kyansittha, Shwezigon's designs reflect the influences of both generation. Shwe means gold, Zigos means land or victory," my leader Mr. Aung commented.
"Wherever the kings had an important affair, they would stand to say prayers for what they wanted to do - their desires would be fulfilled....MORE. The youngest of five royal children of Sithu II, Htilominlo (reigned from 1211 to 1235 AD) ensured his rule through a superstition in which the king's peak took his heels.
Name of the emperor and shrine reflects the occasion - "hti" (umbrella), "min" (king) and "lo" (wonderful wish) taken together means that the parasol has chosen the emperor as the next emperor. It is not the largest in Bagan, but it is certainly one of the most attractive.
The top of the hill is 150 ft above the landscape of Bagan, while each of the four sides that face the compass is about 140 ft wide. An enclosure that surrounds the Htilominlotempple, trembles with stands that sell works of art, clothing and various memorabilia, giving the Tempelhof a market-like aura. Most of the tile is uncovered and shows an alternate level and level masonry with very little....MORE grout in between.
Learn more about the King and his nephew of temples in this paper about the Htilominlotempple. Ananda is a cathedral-like building with few similarities in size and mental status in Bagan. Kyansittha - Anawrahta' s father and protector of the Shwezigon project - ordered the building of the Ananda Memorial which was finished by 1105 AD.
First it was reported that Ananda is said to have slain Ananda's architectural friars after completing the shrine to make sure that no other impeccable shrine could succeed Ananda's entourage. "When you want to construct a sanctuary, do not perpetuate yourself! "Mr. Aung introduces himself, that Shin Arahan admonishes his master...
"When you do, it will not be a sanctuary, but a grave. "Ananda' s layout is similar to a Grecian crucifix, with corridors extending to the four cardinals....MORE towards you from a one of four Buddhas room, about one meter high and made of gold-plated wooden.
In spite of the stones and bricks that make up the texture of the Ananda temple, the draft creates an ingenious way to make yourself comfortable and illuminated: ventilation openings that connect the corridors with the outside, let air and lights flow in the Ananda temple and keep the inside comfortable despite the tide of warm-hearted visitors flowing through the corridors.
Bagan's most solid sanctuary was built by the bullfighter Narathu, who came to the crown after the murder of his fathers Alaungsithu and was later murdered himself. Between 1167 and 1171 A.D., during his brief period of rule, Narathu tried to turn away the karmas by building the highest sanctuary in all of Bagan. The pyramid-shaped form of Dhammayangyi, the only such shrine in all of Myanmar, is one of a kind; the masonry mirrors the impossible high standard that Narathu imposed on the craftsmen who built it.
"It was Narathu who wanted Dhammayangyi to be higher than the highest of the temples, better than the masterpiece[Ananda Temple]," Mr. Aung said. "There is no particular decor in Dhammayangyi; only a lot of mice, the scent inside is very sharp," Mr. Aung explains to me. "The locals, whom they dare not pass after sundown, think the sanctuary is cursed.
The Manuha, called after the kings in banishment who made it, contains four huge Buddha pictures, three in front and one behind. Uniquely among Bagan's sanctuaries, Manuha was constructed by a captured exileskin. Manuha, whose Thaton kingdom was captured by the great Anawrahta, just South of Bagan in the eleventh cent.
Selling a ruby ring to find the necessary means to build the shrine, which now carries his name: a long four-chambered shrine containing three seated Buddha pictures to the east and a unique lying Buddha picture to the westward with portrait to the northeast. These three eastward Buddha pictures are in narrow areas with hardly any higher ceiling than the minds of the pictures (the central Buddha is 46 ft high, while the accompanying Buddhas are 33 ft high).
The natives believe that the Buddhas were constructed to mirror King Manuhas inner torments: a seated Buddha has "unhappy faces and lips," as my leader explains....MORE, and another has a swollen breast indicating the wrath that Manuha has in his mind. In the background, the 90-foot Buddha picture shows Buddha on his deathbed, an instrument to meditate on the essence of life, Mr. Aung said - "Even the Buddha, he had to perish one day," he said to me.
Siwesandaw is one of only five terrace stamps to be climbed (the others are Thitsa Wadi, South and North Guni and Pyathatgyi), but the view from its five concentrated patios is probably the best you can find around Bagan. Shwesandaw stands 328 ft from the basis to the top of the hill; on the top patios between 200-300 ft in the sky, travellers take in the view of the Ayeyarwady River in the faraway, along with nearby structures, including Thatbyinnyu Tempel (not to be overlooked, this is Bagan's highest temple) and the Bagan Archaeological Museum.
Bagan's 1975 devastating quake also affected Shwesandaw: the iti you see at the top is a copy of another that was overthrown during the shocks (the archaeological museum now houses the original). It is...MORE also lacking hundred of sound relief with pictures from the Jataka stories.
Siwesandaw is open all year round, but for the best all-round view you should go to Bagan in the November-February winters when the skies are clear and the view is best and clear. It is also a good idea to make your trip coincide with sunrises or sunsets when the tile surface of the nearest temple is bathed in a soft, lush amber.