The 2,200 plus temples of Bagan are the remains of a once-powerful empire and together form one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, impressive and intriguing.
The sight of 2,230 historic pagodas, stupas and temples scattered across the 67 square kilometres of Bagan’s plains is truly awe-inspiring, telling of a mighty empire. At close quarters you can admire their design and decoration which demonstrate high levels of skill. You can’t help but be impressed.
- Some history: The temples were built over a period of some 250 years from the mid-11th century and in its heyday there were about 10,000 temples, pagodas and stupas covering the plains of Bagan, demonstrating the might and magnificence of the Pagan Empire. The empire’s decline and successive earthquakes took their toll but the site is undeniably impressive.
- Viewing the temples: The most spectacular views are from above during a hot air balloon ride as you float over the plain taking in its expanse and the sheer number of religious buildings. Getting among the temples is another way to soak up Bagan’s special atmosphere. The site’s too big to walk around but you can explore by horse-drawn cart, bicycle or taxi, stopping off to examine individual temples and pagodas, admire the artistry and ascend viewing hills and platforms for photo opportunities.