Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Myanmar  /  Mandalay Region  /  Bagan  /  Historic Sites  /  Shwesandaw Pagoda

Shwesandaw Pagoda, Bagan

(4.5/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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. Using our international travel planner, Bagan attractions like Shwesandaw Pagoda can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create a full Bagan itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Bagan

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Bagan by other users

7 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE April, culture, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE April, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Laos & Bagan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM PERU December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 28 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM SWEDEN May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 29 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM SWEDEN May, culture, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM ITALY March, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 10 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM ITALY March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 11 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN March, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM ITALY March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Myanmar BY A USER FROM ITALY March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I visited for sunset watching. I visited the 1/2017 sunset 17:55 was the end, but went like 1 hour ago arrives at the sesando pagoda. Not too many people? Thought fit at dusk and tourists visiting because I sunset one hour prior to the visit. There are East-West North-South starting a guide just picks me is way uphill from the East side, and moved to the West. Hard time climbing the stairs because the West is already in a lot of people was filled. So, it is smart to go around to the other side, from the East side. City is quite steep, always stuck railing, please upgrade. Stair step is because it is a ragged elderly European were people not climb. Divided into several phases, but the top floor cannot climb, so one of them better sunset views of the steps below. Gradually as the sun set, changing the silhouette of the temple is unclear. And give it a try if sunset translation must be seen and have a chance to be good. Is worth a look.
    View original
  • This pagoda can be climbed to admire the sunset. But it is not alone. Hundreds flock to watch every night here to the spectacle. Already that's why the visit is interesting.
    View original
  • How can we not visit all these temples and pagodas, even solo visits program is loaded! All the tourists themselves to this pagoda in the sunset, it's Immencable we'd like to be alone but do not dream!
    View original
Google
  • Beautiful, better be there at least one hour before sunset to get a good viewer spot. Crowded with tourist at sunset. Entry fee is 25.000 MMK per person and it's valid for 5 days.
  • Beautiful... However just a heads up, closed today when we visited (Sept 6, 2016). Think it's undergoing restoration, possibly damaged in the earthquake a few weeks ago...? Weren't able to climb for the sunset or even get within about 100 feet of it.
  • Best view in Bagan. Lots of tourists but not unbearable and the view makes up for it.
  • U can get the panoramic view of the whole bagan..... So so beautiful at the time of sunset..... many tourists ,travellers and photographers go there and get the very nice photos of amazing Bagan....
  • Steep stairs but good handrails for those who are afraid of heights. There is a back way in around the corner from the main parking area that was helpful for avoiding some of the harassment. Beautiful views and definitely worth doing once.