Bagan Temples

The Temples Of Bagan

What is Special About the Temples of Bagan

“When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it wherever you go. ” Alexandra Stoddard

This quote completely describes Bagan.  It’s hard for us not to get a little choked up and emotional watching our footage from the temples of Bagan. This place is magical and it can only be fully appreciated if you see it with your own eyes.

What are the Temples of Bagan?

The temples of Bagan are a spiritual mecca. It is a massive stretch of land with over 4,000 temples and pagodas, strewn across endless dry, barren plains. This place is probably the first reason to come to Myanmar and certainly not the last.

This place was another reason why Myanmar became our favourite country in SE Asia.

No matter where we looked, there was a spiritual relic in our view. It’s the ultimate place to wander and discover on your own.

How Best to Explore the Temples

We rented E-bikes – to maximize our time to explore and maneuver around the endless dirt roads and streets. Bagan is really the perfect place to wander, stay curious and discover temples where you feel you are the only people around.

Temple exploring also creates the perfect place to cool off of the constant heat. The sun beating down all day is unforgiving, and the cool stone offers the much-needed relief.

Don’t get us wrong; a place this sacred and beautiful is also very popular, like the main temples.

People travel from all over Myanmar to worship.

It’s easy to get attention as a traveler here. I did get a little vulnerable as these girls wanted a picture with me, but that discomfort quickly passed. After all, I was fascinated with meeting them too.

The star attraction is the sunrise. There were crowds competing to get the best vantage point and this is where it requires a little patience. Our most meaningful travel moment is getting to the top of a temple, taking in a deep inhale, and finding calm to just watch, listen and take in the view. Wow!

For years, we saw this place in pictures but nothing can compare to witnessing it with our own eyes. We hope you do too!

We recommend visiting the following  temples below. Plan to stay for at least 3 days to rest, relax and take in their beauty. Reserve the largest temples for early morning, or watch for large bus groups to depart and venture in.

The Best Temples to Visit

Ananda Temple, Shwesandaw Pagoda, Dhammayangyi Temple, North Guni, South Guni, Htilominlo Temple, Shwezigon Pagoda, Thatbyinnyu Temple and Nan Temples.

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Temples of Bagan

This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. This makes me want to go back. It looks as though little has changed, except there were no hot air balloons in 2000. Beautiful video. You’ve really captured the essence of Bagan. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Beautiful…..What an amazing experience you guys are having …..Dorene looks like you are a celebrity……Lv.

  3. WOW! You are right. You have to see it to believe it. I was in awe just watching the video so I can’t even imagine what it would be like to actually live the experience. Thanks again for sharing. I’ll look forward to the next chapter. Love Lourdes. Happy travelling.

  4. Most people will only appreciate the beauty of your video, guys. But I can also appreciate the planning that goes into setting up those shots, and the editing afterwards. After all, you’re not travelling with a video team, you ARE the entire production and post-production crew! Well done!

  5. So breathtaking – cannot even imagine what it is like in the “live”. Thanks for the incredible video.

  6. You might be getting two comments as we just wrote one but I don’t think I pressed post but maybe I did. Amazing visuals of Bagan – you truly captured the serenity and spiritual beauty of the place. It really does look like not much has changed in 25 years except for the electric bikes and yes hot air balloons. Thanks so muh for your time putting this all together to share. I am sure you have hours of footage to condense. Looking forward to the next chapter in Myanmar – – – maybe Inle Lake? That was another highlight I remember.

    1. Hi Helga, thanks for your comment! Yes, many hours of footage to condense! A few more videos to come! Cheers!

  7. Beautiful video – it makes me want to go to Bagan and visit some of the temples!

    It’s incredibly exciting to see your trip unfold on your blog. It looks like you two are having the adventure of a lifetime and I thank you for sharing it with everyone, it’s truly inspiring.

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