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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. Using our international travel planner, Bagan attractions like Shwesandaw Pagoda can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The architecture in Bagan is second to none and you will want to see every standing Temple and Pagoda including this one. 
  • It's not great. The Valley view. The ascent is steep. People with mobility problems may have difficulty. At sunset is very full. Remember that you need to cover your shoulders and knees and being barefoot. The sunset is very crowded and congested.
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  • A monument to visit absolutely! We can't get in, but it allows you to climb 6 floors (attention staircase steep) and gives the most beautiful panorama that we have watched! You can easily recognize by its 3 floors still smeared with white access is made easy by a simple dirt from the main road. Very busy at the time of the sunset (more than 10 buses and 50 scooter at the beginning of season... I guess then) does not make beautiful shots. Possibility to buy tickets for the area at the box office, located at the foot of the monument.
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  • 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.