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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  • Many tourists stopping to see the sunrise and sunset Temple. I went to this temple and many people at the time of the sunset to see the sunset, the pagoda was take place in high places. In fact, many people are interested in the following places, Sunrise and sunset because the pagoda itself not much interested about. If you hate something, or the bustling dare not see the Sunrise, sunset are those hours may be more to come.
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  • It was my last pagoda after a 3 day sightseeing in Bagan and it was absolutely amazing. You have a stunning view from the top to the mountains and the other pagodas. It is just breathtaking.  more »
  • Stand best location overlooking the pagoda to pagoda. During sunset hours in large number of tourists and the pagoda West who like clinging thickly. I think if they go to watch the sunset in the early arrival of good. Crowd in prepared sesando pagoda sunset spot is introduced in some guidebooks in addition, but also thought it worth going.
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  • Very crowded but it's so nice! The views are amazing and it's definitely worth a visit. Just be mindful and respectful and adhere by the rules. It's a sunrise/sunset spot for you, but it's sacred to the people so it'd be good to show some respect.
  • Nice. But busy. If you're going for sunrise or sunset. Get here early. Personally you're better off finding a smaller temple for sunrise. Will be a more relaxed experience!
  • Great view. Easy access so lots of tourists. We came for sunrise and was there one hour before that, so got a good spot. You really need to come early, but it's also very romantic standing in the early morning just before sunrise. Very steep stairs.
  • Breathtaking view! Most people are brought here for a panoramic view of Bagan
  • Also known as "the view deck pagoda," this pagoda is a very popular place for tourists to watch either sunrise or sunsets at Bagan, to the point that it gets crowded. Like all pagodas, you have to walk barefoot towards the upper part of it, and take note, the stairways are pretty steep and challenging. Overall, it's "a must visit."

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Where to stay in Bagan

Bagan accommodations try their best to fit in with the atmosphere of spirituality and mystery that clings to the temple town. As such, you won't find any high-rise hotels here. Instead, a number of squat wooden lodges, converted traditional houses, and new boutique resorts (all pretty low to the ground) provide the main options for those staying in town. Among them, you'll find some that offer a slightly better range of facilities--including well-maintained pools and restaurants--and others that offer basic dormitory accommodation.
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