Friday, August 18, 2017

The 7 best photo locations in Bagan

1. Thiri Pyitsayar Sakura Hotel. Aung Htay Hlaing/ The Myanmar Times1. Thiri Pyitsayar Sakura Hotel. Aung Htay Hlaing/ The Myanmar Times

1. Thiri Pyitsayar Sakura Hotel

Located on the bank of the Ayeyarwady river, the Thiri Pyitsayar Sakura hotel reveals an astonishing panoramic view.

A 10-minute bike ride from Nyaung Oo Airport, it is the ideal stop before visiting the Bagan Archeological Museum.

 2. Bulethi Temple. Aung Htay Hlaing/ The Myanmar Times2. Bulethi Temple. Aung Htay Hlaing/ The Myanmar Times

2. Bulethi Temple

Today, as Myanmar’s most iconic ancient city is threatened by natural disasters, most of Bagan’s temples are protected from nosy visitors willing to visit off piste.

Located south of Alodawpyae Pagoda, in old Bagan, Bulethi is one of the two guard-free temples you can still climb on.

Unlike Bagan’s other temples, Bulethi is not swamped by tourists.

Climb up the temple to take your snapshot, but please mind the steps.

 

3. Bagan Yoke Sone Kyaung Monastry

 3. Bagan Yoke Sone Kyaung Monastry. Aung Htay Hlaing/ The Myanmar Times 3. Bagan Yoke Sone Kyaung Monastry. Aung Htay Hlaing/ The Myanmar Times

Locals say the monastery is 300 years old and that it is entirely made of teak. The iconic staircase will take you inside the smelly and rather dark temple where you will be able to take a look at the artwork and sculptures.

The best shots can be taken in front of the staircase or with the monastery in the background.

Bagan Yoke Sone Kyaung Monastry is located near Shwe Laik Tu Temple, in Wetkyi-inn village.

 

4. Oo Htain Kone

4. Oo Htain Kone. Aung Htay Hlaing၆/ The Myanmar Times4. Oo Htain Kone. Aung Htay Hlaing၆/ The Myanmar Times

Literally, Oo Htain Kone means “the hill made of clay pots”. This is where, for years, the locals disposed their broken pots.

The hill is located near Sinphyushin temple and Pyathetgyi temple (a 10 minute bike ride from the Arnanda Pagoda ).

Today the hill is a popular place for pre-wedding shootings. If you do not disturbed the groom and bride, you are most welcome to join and take your picture.

 

5. Dhammayangyi Temple

 5. Dhammayangyi Temple. Su Phyo/ The Myanmar Times 5. Dhammayangyi Temple. Su Phyo/ The Myanmar Times

Even those who have never set foot in Bagan have heard about Dhammayangyi Temple. It is the largest temple of all, the one you see on most of the postcards. It was built by King Narathu, who came to the throne by assassinating his father Alaungsithu.

It is home to many bats, but also puppets hanging on the trees that surround the temple.

 

6. Shwe Gu Gyi Temple

 6. Shwe Gu Gyi Temple. Nandar Aung/ The Myanmar Times 6. Shwe Gu Gyi Temple. Nandar Aung/ The Myanmar Times

The temple itself is lovely with its courtyard and beatiful walls. It is surrounded by many other temples and you really feel at the heart of Bagan.

One tree is really special and attracts many visitors. It is the Htanaung Tree, which branches reach out to the Pagoda. Our favourite spot to take a picture and rest in the shade.

The temple is located in Old Bagan, near the Palace Excavation Site.

 

7. Lawkananda Pagoda

Lawkananda Pagoda Photo: Trip AdvisorLawkananda Pagoda Photo: Trip Advisor

There are two pagodas built on the bank of the Ayeyarwady river. One is Bu Paya, where ferry passengers disembark. The other is Lawkananda.

The pagoda was built during the reign of King Anawrahta (1014 - 1077) and it is still used as place of worship.

The pagoda is situated in a remote area, far away from the other sites. It is a 20-minute bike ride, but it is is definitely worth it.