Our top 5 Bagan Temples
- Shwe Nan Yin Taw Monastic Complex From this little group of temples you can see the balloons fairly close as the drift across behind the temples. You can climb up to the top of one of the temples in the area whereas the others are locked. You will find a narrow stairway on the right hand corridor as you enter the temple. When we visited we shared the view with around 8 others, expecting no one would have thought to have visited this spot!
- Shwe San Daw Phaya Temple is the most well known temple due to its height and views, this is the one which is always crowded for sunset or sunrise. When we arrived for sunset by the time the sun was going down we counted 20 large 36 seater busses and around 30 smaller ones, as well as pushbikes and scooters. This spot is better for sunrise to see the balloons.
- Satu mukha group is a collection of smaller temples one of them has little cut out pigeonholes with Buddha’s in them in the walls
- Shwe Leik too pagoda great for sunset or sunrise on the roof and nice architecture too
- Taung Guni Phaya this was one of the temples with the most beautiful interior, the north building has suffered dramatically from the earthquake and at the current time you cannot enter but the south remains accessible, the interior is old and detailed.
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