Bagan is full of ancient architecture and ruins. Temples, pagodas, monuments, stone scripts, votive tablets, wall paintings, mural paintings, and stuccos carvings can be found in many places in Bagan. That’s the reason it’s is known as the cradle of Myanmar’s culture.
Famous for its architectural beauty, the Ananda Temple is one of the most spectacular in Bagan. Nearby, the Archaeological Museum is a must-visit with its wide collection of items excavated through the times in Bagan. The Thatbyinnyu Temple overshadows its peers with magnificent panoramic views of the Bagan plains. To view glorious sunsets on the Irrawaddy River, you climb the upper terraces of Gawdawpalin Temple or the Bupaya Pagoda. The Gubyaukgyi Temple is remembered for its spire and wall paintings that depict scenes from Buddha’s previous lives.
67km southeast of Bagan, the Mt. Popa is known as the Oasis of the Dry Zone for its lush environs and also famous as the abode of Mahagiri nats (spirit gods). By the bank of Irrawaddy River, Salay is an ancient town rich most renowned as the birth place of Salay U Ponny, the Shakespere of Myanmar. Found primarily in arid regions, the toddy palms are ubiquitous in Bagan. Travelers should make a stop at one of the roadside stalls for a taste of toddy juice and wine. A visit to a toddy climber’s hut makes a unique way to learn about the culture and traditions of a group that lives closely with nature.