Shwesandaw Pagoda, Bagan

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Visible far away from the ancient city's plains, Shwesandaw Pagoda draws Hindu pilgrims, Buddhist devotees, and casual tourists to immerse themselves in a thousand-year-old religious tradition. Take a steep 100 m (328 ft) climb to reach the top of the pagoda, which offers a panoramic view of the surrounding grassland and temples. Examine the white symmetrical structure built in 1057, along with its bell-shaped stupa and terracotta terraces. Sacred hairs of Gautama Buddha lie enshrined within the pagoda, while statues of Ganesh and other Hindu deities adorn the corners. The weather can get very hot here, so carry extra water and take care while climbing up and down the pagoda. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bagan using our trip planner.
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  • Didn't know what to expect when we visited the Shwesandaw Pagoda..... it was an amazing site and had a very spiritual,atmosphere. Be warned that your knees need to be fully covered or you will be aske...  more »
  • A lot of people come here to see the sunset, the ladder is very steep, and each level is very high, to hold the handrail slowly up and down, especially when leaving, must have the patience of a class, careful to.
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  • Due to heavy rains... that posted billboards a climb that had been written. Taxi driver showed me says the Americans drop I died in here, so was prohibited, that climb the pagoda in Bagan throughout.... This pagoda a bit before the ban, Preti was around sunset in the other, says temple was banned from the afternoon was gone. Would it be true? After all sunset viewpoint at the viewing tower.
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  • Way too crowded for my liking. It may be the highest but it's not the coolest. Don't be mainstream, get off the beaten track and find yourself another pagoda that gives you the views + tranquility you need when watching the sunrise or sunset.
  • Good view but it's so crowded here. There are plenty of other pagodas with less people and equally good view from the top. Not good for sunset since you have all the buses and parking lot in the picture...better for sunrise.
  • Be prepared for a very steep climb, but the views from the top tier are well worth the effort (as long as you are fairly agile and not afraid of heights).
  • One of many beautiful temples in Bagan. Very steep steps and super crowded and touristy during sunsets or sunrise. Do not recommend for sunset or sunrise given the many other choices you have in Bagan.
  • The tallest pagoda in Bagan. The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful from up top.

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Where to stay in Bagan

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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