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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  • August 15, 2017
    Every night as a pilgrimage, tourists from all walks of life come gather in front of the show. Like a Christmas tree, the temple lines with multicoloured garlands, and multi ethnic. This moment is magical and shared in unison when the rays of the setting sun set on fire the plain of Bagan.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Is a classic sunset and Sunrise spots are where people, certainly seen better views. Position there remains also climbed moderately found ruins is surprisingly tricky. Very steep stairs up and down, so scary, the railing is very good.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Shreya and Amanda Nicoli Bagan Temple at sunset on 8 August 2017 so many people but not too much
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  • May 11, 2017
    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.
  • April 22, 2017
    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!
  • March 16, 2017
    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.
  • June 30, 2017
    Breathtaking view! Most people are brought here for a panoramic view of Bagan
  • March 19, 2017
    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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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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