It was not by luck that Bagan named UNESCO World Heritage Site, as this archaeological area of Myanmar has been widely appreciated for its spiritual value and ancient beauty. If you are curious about how Bagan came to the UNESCO list, the following is some notable information for your knowledge and interest.
About Bagan in Myanmar
Bagan city is located on a bend of Ayeyarwady River in the central plain of Myanmar. It is a revered destination that preserves thousands of Buddhist monuments, art, and architecture. Particularly, UNESCO recognized components of the property including temples, stupas, monasteries, pilgrimage places, archaeological remains, frescoes, and sculptures. The entire city is a scenic testimony to the peak time of Bagan civilization (from 11th to 13th centuries CE) when it was the capital of the Burmese empire. This group of architectural monuments denotes the powerful religious devotion of the initial Theravada Buddhist practice, worth from 2 days to 4 days tour in Bagan.
Universal Values of Bagan
The distinctive ensemble of Buddhist monuments, art, and architecture in a sacred landscape of Bagan reflects the centuries of Theravada Buddhist practice (Kammatic Buddhism) and functions as an evidence of Bagan period from 11th to 13th centuries. It marked the period when redistribution Buddhism had a great impact on political control that the King acted as a chief donor. The practice of making merit ended up with an incredible growth of temples and pagodas, the highest was in the 13th century. It was recorded 3,595 constructions of stupas, temples, and other worshipping structures of Buddhism, archaeological resources, sculptures, inscriptions, and murals. The complex of Bagan was also linked to the living communities whose tradition and lifestyle were valuable for culture learning. Distinctive and outstanding, Bagan city was about the Buddhist monumental architecture and the historical evidence of the Burmese empire, which made it irreplaceable.
With many archaeological and spiritual sites, Bagan could ensure the exciting journey from one temple to another, as all the constructions were exceptionally and beautifully created. As people have been visiting this ancient city and admiring its universal values, more and more experts have agreed that Bagan in and out of itself is the largest archaeological museum in the world.
Travel to Bagan Myanmar
If you want a trip back in time to witness the Buddhist monuments and learn about Bagan civilization of the 11th-13th centuries, then travel to Bagan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be a trip of a lifetime. There are thousands of the surviving temples, monasteries, and stupas to contemplate and study. When you are in the middle of the archaeological plain, it feels like you are getting lost in the forgotten Buddhist world. Together with the visible constructions on the spot, Bagan owns the intangible value and cultural practice that help it continue attracting visitors.
Regarding the top things to see in Old Bagan, note down these outstanding names: Ananda Temple, Shwezigon Pagoda, Shwesandaw Pagoda, Dhammayangyi Temple, Thatbyinnyu Temple, Sulamani Temple, Mahabodhi Temple, Gawdawpalin Temple, etc. You might also get interested in Bagan Archaeological Museum and Bagan Nan Myint Tower for more historical understanding, just beyond the Buddhist monuments. Dozens of the century-old attractions scattered in the spacious plain will keep your day tour full of excitement, infinite photography and sightseeing opportunities, and distinctive architecture and spectacular landscape to behold, etc.
If you have a chance to be on the top spot of Bagan Unesco World Heritage Site, spread the eyes as far as you can to enjoy the wonderful panorama of Buddhist monuments throughout the plain, such as climbing Mount Popa (Mountain of Spirits). The panoramic landscape makes Bagan one of the best destinations for a hot-air balloon ride in the world. So, just be confident about your tours to Bagan Myanmar that will be extremely amazing.