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Bulethi, Bagan

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Climb to the top of the Bagan temple of Bulethi and take in panoramic views of the evocative ancient structures that pepper the skyline. Situated in the heart of the Bagan plain, which abounds with thousands stupas and temples, this is a place renowned for its photo opportunities. You'll likely see hot air balloons floating above the plain, adding to the peaceful compostition of the view. Consider visiting the site at specific times of the day to watch the sunrise or sunset. Arrange to visit Bulethi and other attractions in Bagan using our Bagan day trip planning tool.
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  • One of the beautifully designed pagoda in Bagan. Just hop on an e bike and visit this one. During sunset, it is amazing.  more »
  • We chose to witness sunrise from the small yet beautiful Bulethi temple. It was still dark even though we reached - you may need to get your archaeological zone ticket checked at the entry. The view.....  more »
  • This one was a bit damaged in the most recent earthquake that hit Bagan. Worth a visit in case it doesn't survive much longer... (Bagan is on a fault line).  more »
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  • Must see. I would give it 6 stars if I could. I've been to many Buddhist temples from Cambodia, Java, Thailand and Vietnam but this is by far the most ornate. Start from the North to see the original statue from when the temple was built. Note the Indian features on the Buddha and the face changes from different distances. Then go around and see the Buddha face change with Burmese (squarish) and later Chinese (sharpish, small eyes) features. Our guide, Ya Ye Ye was phenomenal for the nominal fees we paid.
  • The place is amazing really,but from this year you can't go up to see the sunset,so try somewhere else,and there is just a lot of people trying to sell you paintings,they kill the mood a bit.
  • Its forbidden to climb any longer.
  • It's entirely surrounded by a grid, maybe to prevent people to climb and to damage.
  • Bulethi Pagoda is a very popular place to view the famous sunset drenching the many temples, stupas, and pagodas in a myriad of sunset colors in Bagan Myanmar. Some would say an ethereal experience. Our guide got us there an hour before sunset to access the best viewing perspective, which was ample time, however it fulls up fast and with people and their cameras and tripods who take their mission quite seriously. To access the best viewing spot, you have to climb a precariously steep, narrow step 3-tier set of brick laid stairs...NO HANDRAIL; hence potentially dangerous. Our guide said that someone slipped, fell and died 1 week prior; not sure if that was true or an attempt to heighten our awareness. But if you're in decent shape and are careful, the experience is worth it. Advisable to take a hat, sun block, and sun glasses protection while waiting for the sun to set. Before we climbed up the pagoda, we had an avocado smoothie from a vendor at the base of Bulethi Pagoda.

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