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Shwesandaw Pagoda, Bagan

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • This is a great place to watch the sunset from in Bagan. However beware it is a steep climb and is very crowded - get here early if you want a prime spot for taking photos 
  • Wonderful Pagoda that can be climbed. Beware : you have to wear trousers or a Longyi, have your shoulders covered and take shoes and socks off (and the stones can be very hot !). Once on top, the view...  read more »
  • Pretty to look at. You may well do without a guide. Especially older people offer to itself with as an excuse that they just have not met the pension. (? don't). Lots of tourists (especially Chinese) that take pictures and take time for
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  • The view was unbelievably good as you can climb high up. You can also sit on the lower terraces. However it was heaving with tourists. It was hard to move on the top deck for tripods and chinese armed with weapons-grade cameras. I still liked it as I made beautiful pictures but I recommend visiting secluded viewpoints on other days to have a more personal moment. Right at the top you can get a leg up to sit by the actual pagoda. Not many people were doing this so there was more space and a clearer view there
  • Crowded cos it's the best place to enjoy sunset. The best part of being in Bagan.
  • Great views of the pagodas around the area as well as the hot air balloons floating over the horizon if you go during sunrise. But the place is crowded! Photographers with massive camera lenses and tripods will set up camp there early so go early to reserve your spot. If you're taking the Bagan bus station at 5am, you can ask the taxi driver to take you to see the sunrise before taking you to the hotel. Spend your first sunrise at Shwesandaw, familiarize yourself with the place, and go to other pagodas the next morning.
  • Crowded, but for good reason. Incredible views in 360 degrees!
  • One of the greatest spot to see the sunrise 🌅. Unfortunately overloaded with tourist, who sometimes doesn't know how to behave at a holy place. If you can blend this out, it's a great spot to enjoy it during 6-7 a.m.
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