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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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  • Watch the beautiful sunrises and sunsets Can capture the sea here pagoda. If you come morning, carry a flashlight, because steep and very dark.
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  • 我們在日出時份到來,望著天際線徐徐升起的太陽,加上四周蒲甘平原滿是佛塔的景像,真是十分壯麗,特別是日出的金光照耀在四周的塔上,拍照起來金光閃閃的,十分好看,但是,唯一美中不足的是,我們是於五月份,四十多度時前往,應該是淡季吧,一個熱氣球也沒有升起,拍不到日出熱氣球的景像呢!雖然是淡季,這裡早上亦滿是人,要早點到來才有好的位置呢! 
  • The best spot in all of Bagan to catch the sunrise and sunset. Be there early or be sure to miss a spot. Places are limited and the top tier is usually taken by pro photographers with their hefty set ...  more »
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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.