Bagan, formerly known as 'Pagan' was the capital of the present day Myanmar in the 9th to 13th. It is located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. Of the 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries that were constructed in the Bagan Plains in the 11th to 13th century, 2,000 still remain. Perhaps this is why the region is so popular with the tourists. Below are a few facts about the city.

10 interesting facts about Bagan

Bagan, formerly known as 'Pagan' was the capital of the present day Myanmar in the 9th to 13th. It is located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. Of the 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries that were constructed in the Bagan Plains in the 11th to 13th century, 2,000 still remain. Perhaps this is why the region is so popular with the tourists. Below are a few facts about the city.

1. Bagan Archaeological Zone is the main attraction to tourists in the city. It easily rivals Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

2. Bagan is fondly known as the 'sea of temples'. Some of this temples include; Ananda Temple, Thatbinnyu Temple, Htilominlo Temple, Myinkaba Gubyaukgyi Temple, and Shwezigon Pagoda among many others.

3. Bagan has a relatively stable climate that ensures more sunshine than any other Myanmar city.

4. Bagan Cuisines are said to be the best in Asia. They combine the exploits of Indian, Chinese, and Thai culinary genius with some of their own to come up with the best food you can taste anywhere in Asia.

5. Bagan is as traditional a city can get. In fact, there is not a single form of modern entertainment in the city. There are no discos there.

6. Although walking the narrow streets among the temples and pagodas is the best way to see the city of temples, there are hot air balloon rides that will make the rides in any other city you know look like child play. The city is best photographed from hot air balloon.

7. The best way to see Bagan is on a temple hopping tour. However, don't plan on seeing all of them. Choose the most popular.

8. The best time to visit Bagan is November through to May when the rainfall is limited.

9. To get around Bagan, you can either board a flight to Nyaung U Airport which is a few minutes’ drive from the city or you can catch a bus or train from Mandalay or Yangon to get to see more of the country.

10. Bagan is one of the cheapest tourist destinations. Meals here will cost you $1-$5, and mid-level accommodation at $40 - $60.

If you love photography, old sites, and religion, the only alternative as good as Angkor Wat in Cambodia is Bagan in Myanmar. Good luck on your journey.

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