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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  • Interesting but very busy and big. Lots of barefoot walking, some on stony bits. Well worth the effort though  more »
  • Not to be missed for its beauty and grandeur, stands for more than one hundred meters. Undoubtedly to be captured for an unforgettable moment,
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  • Heard about this Shwesandaw is the best pagoda to see sunset and sunrise, however due to some reasons government has fully closed down all the pagodas so that tourists are not able to climb them all. ...  more »
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  • One of the most convenient place to see sun rise. The sun rises quickly. You should come here at around 5am to catch perfect moment.
  • Excellent sunrise pictures near this location. Telephoto and tripod are a must for picking out those amazing landscapes. Sunset isnt a great experience during dry season as the roads are dusty and all the tourist buses cart people to sunset vistas. But if you wait for the blue hour when luckily everyone has gone you maybe rewarded with some good photo opportunities. You'll have to look hard for that sunset picture which we found was at least 1km east of Bagan.
  • Nice. Not so crowded now as it's under reconstruction and restoration thus not allowed to climb up. There is a sleeping Buddha next to it which is quiet old and beautiful.
  • Place to see sunset and sunrise. You should go here 1hour before of them. Otherwise, good location will be gotten by others.
  • 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.

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