Bagan, home to over 4,000 Buddist temples, is considered to be one of Myanmar’s most treasured religious sites.

The Archaeological Zone spans a whopping 26sq miles with pagodas and stupas stretching as far as the eye can see.

From 1044 to 1287, Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, as well as the political, economic and cultural center of the Pagan Empire.

Over the course of 250 years, it’s thought Bagan’s rulers and their wealthy subjects constructed over 10,000 religious monuments (approximately 1000 stupas, 10,000 small temples and 3000 monasteries).

How long do you need in Bagan?

Most backpackers stay in Nyaung U and rent eBikes to explore the vast ancient city.

We spent 3 days in the area, doing the temples by morning and sunsets in the evening.

Pretty spectacular, right?