Explore the city of four million pagodas
Set on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River, the city of Bagan is one of Myanmar’s most evocative destinations. Home to over 2,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monuments, the town was once the capital of the mighty Bamar Kingdom. A Bagan cruise is one of the best ways to appreciate this riverside city – its setting, culture and waterside life.
Though Bagan’s origins are shrouded in mystery, we do know that the city experienced its golden age between 1044 and 1287. During this time 13 kings ruled the area, with each leaving a legacy of temples, pagodas and palaces. It was also during this period that Theravada Buddhism was introduced to the region, a religion that ultimately spread across the country, shaping the culture, architecture and people we see today.
Bagan’s golden era was abruptly brought to an end by Kublai Khan who sacked the city in the late 13th century. Despite this, Bagan managed to retain many of its most beautiful buildings and the city remains one of the most unique destinations in Asia.
With few visitors travelling to this ancient capital compared to the number that travel to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and even fewer enjoying a Bagan cruise, now is the perfect time to explore this enchanting destination.