Discover 7 of the Best Bagan Temples

Discover 7 of the Best Bagan Temples

Discover 7 of the Best Bagan Temples

Many years ago there were over 10000 temples in Bagan. The government removed a lot of temples because they were heavily damaged by earthquakes and did restorations to the others. Nowadays, the area has 2200+ impressive pagodas. Biking is a popular way to explore the Bagan temples but there are so many temples that it is hard to choose. Use our Bagan Temples Guide to visit the best temples in one or two days. Bagan is the popular stop on a Myanmar Route.

Or read: The Ultimate Bagan Guide

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Open Temples Bagan – 2019 update

Unfortunately, all pagodas are closed for climbing to the top. Due to receive its official UNESCO status, this is not allowed anymore.

Secret View Temple

The balloons take off from a different site every morning, depending on the wind conditions. We recommend you to start in the center of the Bagan area at ‘Secret View Temple’, we named it like this since it has no name on Google Maps. It is located in the middle of the area which gives you the best chance to see the balloons near to you. (See map below)

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Note: Take your shoes and socks off before entering any temple.

How to get here?

Make sure to arrive there around 7 AM. Use Google Maps and drive to the ‘Dhammayazaka’ temple, near New Bagan. Go around it and follow the road for about 1100 meters. On your right side, you will see a medium-sized temple. Yes, you can still go on top, make sure to handle everything with care.

Mahazedi Pagoda

If the Secret View Temple is a little too adventures for you in the morning, go to the Mahazedi Temple. A relatively small and quiet temple in Old Bagan where you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise the view from the top.

Find all: Hotels in Bagan

Shwegu Gyi Phaya

The Shwegu Gyi Phaya temple is next to Mahazedi and officially still allowed to climb to the top. Although sunrises and sunsets are crowded, it doesn’t take away the experience.

Find all: Hotels in Bagan

Best Bagan Temples Shwegu Gyi Phaya

Ananda Pagoda

This is one of the first temples to be built in Bagan and very well preserved. It looks different from other temples and their architecture and paintings are quite impressive.

Read: How to get around in Bagan

Let Put Kan

Want to wander around a temple all by yourself? Let Put Kan is very dislocated from the crowded areas and you have to follow some small sand paths with your e-bike. This is just one of those many hidden temples in Myanmar.

How to get here?

Use Google Maps and search for the ‘Let Put Kan’ temple. About 300 meters after passing the Sulamani Temple. Take a left and drive all the way following some small paths. Keep Google Maps by the hand, use the compass and follow a possible sand path. Don’t worry, you won’t get lost.

Dhamma Yan Gyi Temple

One of the most popular temples is called Dhamma Yan Gyi. The story goes that is supposed to be the highest in Bagan but it is never finished. Sunrise and sunset make this temple look like a movie set.

Shwesandaw Pagoda

This 5 stories high pagoda offers one of the best sunset views of the area. Although it can get quite crowded, it is nothing compared to the sunset you will experience from the top.

Heads up, the government is planning to add an entrance fee to the pagoda for its restorations and to limit the number of people on the pagoda. The fee was not there during our visit in February 2018.

Find: Bus/flight tickets to Bagan

Climbing the best Bagan temples

Since receive it’s UNESCO status, it is not allowed to climb up the temples anymore. There are now two viewpoint hills overlooking the most famous temples in the area.

Read: The Ultimate Bagan Guide

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  • Hi!
    We are in Bagan now and all the temples are closed unfortunately… :( they closed them last month and they are guarded by police every sunrise and sunset… there are maybe 3 from all the 2000 that can be climbed, they are just ruins and usually locals can take you there (these pagodas are small and don’t have names so I don’t know how to describe them)… we went to one today and the views wasn’t even that great… they will remain closed and people will be able to admire bagan only from the viewing platforms…

    • saltinourhair

      Yeah, we know it is changing. When we were there they already started doing this.
      Sorry, you didn’t had the experience you were looking for :(

      Hope you still had a great trip!

  • Paul goodey

    In your open temples in Bagan section this is the only one that we could find that was still open. About 20 people up the temple last night for sunset.

    • saltinourhair

      Thanks for the update! We change our blog every now and then because it seems that people someday can get up the temple and the other day not.

  • Your pictures are so beautiful!! It looks like a dreamy place! Are we allowed to use a drone in Myanmar? I have read somewhere that drone fliers need to register it?
    thank you :)

    • saltinourhair

      Thank you so much Karine!
      Officially it’s not allowed but we heard stories from people who tried. Some succeeded, some didn’t?

      • Also a question on your stunning pics. In one in this post it looks like you left your camera up on a temple to shoot you guys down below? Its that how you did it? Tripod, remote, and just leaving it there? I just worry about someone nabbing my camera lol

        • Salt in our Hair

          Hi Channy,

          We used our drone here :) This is allowed in Myanmar subject to some regulations. We advise always checking the rules on drone use in each country if you choose to use one. Hope this helps!

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