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Buphaya Paya, Bagan

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#12 of 31 in Historic Sites in Bagan
Visit the oldest pagoda in Bagan, Buphaya Paya. Legend says that the king, having destroyed gourds (an infectuous plant) from the riverbanks, built the pagoda in the shape of that plant to celebrate his achievement. Take a look at the bulbous shape of the gilded dome, and experience the view, since the temple overlooks the river. Today's pagoda represents a reconstruction from 1975; the original was destroyed in an earthquake. For Buphaya Paya and beyond, use our Bagan trip itinerary maker to get the most from your Bagan vacation.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Gilded stupa is famous for. Though two rivers and gilded temples along the Ayeyarwaddy River, so the photogenic atmosphere.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Quick stop, but it has amazing views of the river! Great area for people watching in general. The original pagoda was destroyed in an earthquake.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    From the photographs that I had seen I was honestly expecting something a bit more attractive. The day was a bit damp so maybe that made it all seem a bit more dismal. We were actually trying to find ...  more »
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  • March 19, 2017
    One of old Bagan's oldest phayas or stupas. Bu Paya is egg shaped and overlooks the mighty Irawwady River. It's great to go here early in the morning when the crowd isn't that many.
  • January 1, 2017
    Lovely to see this Site. It overlooks the river for great pics. Eating places all around for that pit stop
  • November 21, 2016
    Beside the Irrawaddy river. Good sunset view at late evening. About 5.5 km from Bagan Myothit.
  • May 7, 2017
    Great views over the river.
  • February 28, 2017
    'Gourd' pagoda, rebuilt after 1975 earthquake.

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Bagan accommodations try their best to fit in with the atmosphere of spirituality and mystery that clings to the temple town. As such, you won't find any high-rise hotels here. Instead, a number of squat wooden lodges, converted traditional houses, and new boutique resorts (all pretty low to the ground) provide the main options for those staying in town. Among them, you'll find some that offer a slightly better range of facilities--including well-maintained pools and restaurants--and others that offer basic dormitory accommodation.
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