Bagan Temple Guide (Part 2)
Khaymingha Pagoda lies behind a big cluster of pagodas from where you have a beautiful view of Htilominlo and the surroundings. Khaymingha Pagoda is nice but the cluster before it was what I found the most interesting. There are quite a lot of pagodas grouped together here and several small temples you can enter, Khaymingha Pagoda being one of them. However, the best view of the surroundings and Htilominlo is when you stand next to Khaymingha Pagoda. This is a great little area to spend some time.
Law Ka Ou Shaung
Kinda cute area but it’s closed off. I think by the same kid who wanted money at another Unknown Temple. Can be skipped.
A beautiful temple with a building within the compound for sunrise/sunset watching.
Mahabodhi Temple has a very different style compared to the rest of the pagodas in Bagan. It’s more detailed and in better condition than many of the other pagodas. It’s modeled after the Mahabodhi Temple in India, which explains the different style. The temple is not very big but it’s still worth seeing. There’s also a neat little “garden”.
Close to the Hindu temple, Nathlaung Kyaung Temple. It offers a great clear view of Thatbyinnyu from above the trees if you climb it.
I was told to skip this one and since the people of Myanmar seemed very honest I took her word for it.
This is a large pagoda where you are allowed to climb to the first level.
Myauk Guni (North Guni)
This is a favorite! An amazing pagoda with beautiful view and a feeling of being immersed. It’s a fun pagoda to explore. At first/ground floor go to the other end to find stairs leading up on both sides. On the second floor go towards the Buddha and turn left to find another staircase leading up to the top. It’s a perfect sunrise spot. There were another 10-15 people when I was there for the sunrise and it didn’t take anything away from my experience.
Myazigon Pagoda is actually kinda nice. It’s different than the majority of the pagodas in Bagan. But it doesn’t have much else to offer. It’s small, you cannot enter it and you don’t have a great view of the surroundings. So, either give it a quick visit or go somewhere else.
Nathlaung Kyaung Temple
This is the only remaining Hindu temple in Bagan. It’s very close (100-150 m/300-500 ft) to Thatbyinnyu Temple and offers a nice view of the pagoda. As the only Hindu temple the inside of Nathlaung Kyaung is quite different from any other Bagan temple.
Paya Thone Zu
This is like 3 pagodas in one building.
Pyathada Pagoda is really amazing. You can easily spend a lot of time here and it’s a good spot for sunrise and sunset. However, you won’t be alone, since this is a very popular pagoda.
This pagoda can be climbed. There are stairs inside the temple that leads up to the upper part. Note that the stones are very hot and is likely to be too hot for sensitive feet. I’m not really sure what to do to avoid it or protect against it. Perhaps put on some socks while walking around up there. Amazing view from here!
Also a favorite. This one is amazing! It’s beautiful and you are allowed to climb it. It’s a bit crowded (with good reason) but the views are incredible. It’s not as high as some of the more popular ones but that is actually a good thing because it gives you a much more immersive experience. Some of the big pagodas have long stretches of open fields around them, giving a sensation of distance and isolation. The location of this pagoda is perfect because you have Bagan’s biggest temples all around you and the trees are right next to the pagoda making this one of the most immersive experiences, in my opinion.
Shwesandaw is popular and you can climb it but it’s very steep. If you have fear of heights this might be a bit uncomfortable. Shwesandaw is better for sunrise than sunset. Most beautiful direction is east where there are no cars, roads or buildings other than pagodas. There is a reclining Buddha in the building in the southwest corner.
Shwezigon Pagoda reminds me of an older, neglected version of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
Sinbyushin Monastic Complex
Interesting. No other tourists were here at all. Large complex. Lots of buildings. Exploration. First building had a lot of bats that started flapping around when I entered. You can walk up a staircase if you are up for it. I didn’t because I was afraid I was intruding and they would attack. Rabies is not my definition of fun. The next temple is spooky. Definitely worth checking out if you are there. It’s dark and there’s a staircase leading up if you are up for it.
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