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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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  • More than 60 meters high... they make this pagoda one of the highest structures of Bagan. It is likewise very old dates back to the year 1057. Built by King Anawrahta, has a simple but monumental architecture with 5 levels or terraces. In some of these terraces have different reliefs in terracotta very interesting relacionadados to the Jataka. What are various Buddhist stories that explain the various stages of the Buddha and his disciples to become enlightened. But the most important thing of this majestic pagoda is to visit it to finish the day observing and photographing the sunset. The views are splendid in one of the terraces you can appreciate the wonderful horizon of pagodas and temples that are shared by all the sites of Bagan. It is a visit not to be missed to get to this pagoda (full of crowded tourists and fighting a place to take pictures). Some temples in the distance seem a fantasy movie! a beauty to delight your senses! (greyish Thatbyinnyu Temple) deserves several photos: beautiful living here at sunset, perhaps a best experiences of Myanmar! Safety pin!
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  • 看到這佛塔真的覺得很震撼,值得去。當初騎ebike看到許多佛塔,雖然每個都長很像,但背後的故事卻意義深刻。值得我們去探索她的美。  more »
  • At sunrise/sunset the white Shwesandaw Pagoda is a bit crowded as visitors gather to take advantage of the fantastic view. Four separate square terraces give the Shwesandaw a pyramidal form.  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.