Heritage in Bagan

There are more than 3000 ruins of buddhism pagodas and temples spread in Bagan plains. We introduce the main ruins from among them by area. Besides ruins, we also introduce museums.

Old Bagan

Ananda Temple

Well known for its grace, best architecture and glazed terracotta, this early 12 century monument was donated by King Kyanzitthar in 1091 A.D. It's one of the finest and most venerated temples in Bagan.

Bupaya Pagoda

“Bu” means “gourd" and “paya” is addressed as “Pagoda, so Bupaya literally means pagoda in a gourd shape. It stands on the bank of the Ayeyawady River.

Mahabodhi Temple

The only specimen of its classic in structure among over 2000 surviving monuments in Bagan, Mahabodhi Temple is situated on the north of Shwegugyi within the city walls of Old Bagan.

Gawdaw Palin Temple

This 11th century temple was built by King Narapatisithu (1174-1211 A.D.) in order to commemorate the ceremony of paying homage to the manes of his ancestors.

Thatbyinnyu Temple

Towering over the other monuments of Bagan, this majestic temple was built by King Alongsithu about the middle of the 12th century A.D and its title signifies "Omniscience", one of the attributes of Buddha. It stands within the city walls, some 500 yards to the south-west of the Ananda.

Bagan Archaeological Museum

Bagan Archaeological Museum is situated on the south of Gawdaw Palin Pagoda, in Old Bagan. Except On Mondays and gazette public holidays, it is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lacquerware Museum

The Lacquerware Museum is located on a side street of Old Bagan, not far from Tharabar Gate. It was founded in 1972. It serves as a treasure trove of information and a visit to this museum is worthwhile for tourists.

Around the Myinkaba village

Gu Byauk Gyi Temple (Myinkaba)

This early 11th century temple is an attraction to visitors with its with well-preserved, richly-colors mural paintings. It was built in 1113 A.D. by Prince Rajakumar following the death of his father, King Kyanzittha.

Manuha Temple

The Manuha Temple in Bagan is located in Myinkaba Village about 500 meters south of Gubyaukgyi Temple. It is one of the oldest temples in Myanmar.


Meaning “Emerald Stupa”, Myazedi pagoda is located next to Gubyaukgyi in Myinkabar village. The pagoda was built by Prince Yazakumar, son of King Kyanzittha, in 12th century.

Naga Yon Temple

According to tradition, the name of the temple "Naga Yon", meaning '"Protected by the Naga Serpent', derives from an incident in Kyansittha's life. Once, when he was fleeing from the wrath of his predecessor, King Sawlu (1077-1084), he was watched over by a young naga while he slept. The place then became the site of the Nagavon temple.

Nan Paya Temple

Nan paya lies close to the Manuha Temple. Tradition says that it was built by Prince Naga Thaman, King Manuha's grand-nephew, in the late 11th century and used as the residence of the captive Mon King, Manuha. It's situated in the south west of Manuha temple, Myinkabar ward, old Bagan.

Seinnyet Ama Temple

Located within the same precinct somewhere in the north of New Bagan, Seinnyet Ama temple is said to have been built by Queen Seinnyet in the 11th century A.D., but the design seems to be assigned to the later Myanmar style of 13th century whereas Seinnyet Nyima pagoda is traditionally believed to belong to 11th century.

New Bagan

East Petleik and West Petleik Pagodas

These two pagodas belong to 11th century A.D. and were in ruins in 1905. It is learnt that the structure of the pagoda is similar to the gold earrings which the residents wore since the ancient times.

Lawka Nanda Pagoda

Lawka Nanda Pagoda is one of four pagodas in each of which a replica of the Buddha Tooth Relic was enshrined. The pali words “Lawka Nanda” means "Joy to the World". It was built by King Anawrahta during his reign in 1059.

Saytana Gyi Pagoda

Saytana Gyi pagoda is situated in the south of New Bagan city. It was built by King Zeya Theinkha (a) Nadaungmyar. The pagoda is one of the most massive and colossal monuments in Bagan region. The reliquary inside is the same design of Sri Lanka’s architecture.

Around Pwa Saw village, Minnanthu village

Dhammayazika Pagoda

The inscription records say that King Narapatisithu received for holy relics from the King of Sri Lanka in 1197 and built a massive pagoda in 1198 to enshrine Buddha’s holy relics. It took about one year to build the pagoda. The holy relics were enshrined in golden casket.

Lay MyetHnar Temple

Lay MyetHnar Temple is situated near Min Nan Thu Village south-east of Bagan. It was built by Minister General Anandathu and his wife in 1224 during the reign of King Htee Lo Min Lo.

Nanda Mannya Temple

Nandamannya Temple is a few hundred yards away from the Payathonzu. It is said that the name Nandamannya derived from Anantapyinnyar meaning Infinite Wisdom.

Paya Thone Zu

These temples are so called Paya Thone Zu because the monuments consist of three distinct small square temples with vaulted corridors and porticoes, joined together by two vaulted narrow passages leading from the one into the others.

Winido Temple

Winido is a group of temples which are seldomly visited and difficult to access. Very remarkable paintings in the style of the late period of Bagan can be seen inside the Winido Temple. There are paintings of Jataka on the wall of the entrance and the footprint of the Buddha on the vault of entry.

Izza Gawna Temple

Izza Gawna Temple is situated on the road from Myingun village to Ingone village. This rectangular brick monastery is 90 feet in length, 100 feet and four inches in width and 20 feet and 8 inches in height. It is low brick structure with the flat roof.


Shwezigon Pagoda

Glimmering in the sun, the huge gold plated Shwezigon pagoda is one of the oldest and most impressive monuments of Bagan. It was commenced and completed by the two very famous Kings in Bagan history, Anawrahta, the founder of Bagan Kingdom and King Kyanzittha. Construction started around 1059 and completed at the end of the 11th century.

Shwe Pyi Nann Thanakha Museum

To reveal truly useful Traditional Myanmar Thanakha, Shwe Pyi Nann, the biggest Thanakha Company in Myanmar, runs the Thanakha Museum which is named after its Thanakha brand “Shwe Pyi Nann”.

Central Plain

Located in the northeast of old Bagan on Bagan-Nyaung Oo Road, Htilominlo is one of the greatest temples of Bagan.

Htilominlo Temple

Located in the northeast of old Bagan on Bagan-Nyaung Oo Road, Htilominlo is one of the greatest temples of Bagan.

Gu Byauk Gyi Temple (Wetkyi-In)

Gu Byauk Gyi Temple near Wetkyi-In village lies to the south-east of Kyanzittha Umin, in Old Bagan. It was built in early 13 century with a spire resembling the Mahabodhi temple, and repaired in 1468 A.D.

Shwe Sandaw Pagoda

Shwe Sandaw Pagoda is a cylindrical stupa with five terraces, showing Mon style architecture of early 11th Century A.D. The pagoda was built by King Anawrahta, founder of the Bagan Kingdom after his conquest of Tha Hton in 1057. This graceful circular pagoda is located at the hub of the Bagan kingdom.

Sulamani Temple

Sulamani temple was built by King Naraptisithu in 1181 A.D. Sulamani Temple is situated about three miles to the south-west of Nyaung-U and near Dhammayangyi Temple in the village of Minnanthu southwest of Bagan. The pagoda is well known for its glazed ceramic inserts glistening under the sun at the base and at the upper terraces.

Dhammayan Gyi Temple

Dhammayan Gyi Temple was built by King Narathu in A.D 1170 and well noted for its "Massiveness and incredibly fine brickwork. It's located about a kilometer to the southeast of the city walls directing Minnanthu.

Pyathadar Gyi Temple

The double-cave type Pyathadar Gyi Temple is situated to the southeast of Sula-Mani pagoda. It was built by King Kya Swa. It is one of the most massive monuments in Bagan, with the fine work of stucco.

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