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Old Bagan to Nyaung U

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Compared to our Old Bagan Walled City loop, this trail is lower on monuments but higher on kilometres and is best done by bike. The starting point is the fabulous Ananda and the circuit finishes at spectacular Shwezigon, two of the most prestigious and celebrated Bagan temples.

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The 11th century-built Ananda Pahto is considered to be one of the first "great" Bagan monuments and today is one of Burma’s most venerated temples. Four enormous gilded Buddhas at the centre of the temple are the highlight, but glazed tiles showing scenes from the jataka mythological tales, a Buddha footprint, fantastic light play in the temple’s surrounding corridors and small sculptures contained within inner niches are all equally captivating. One of the four large standing Buddhas is original apparently and note how the faces’ expressions curiously change as you approach the statues.

One of the cardinal point Buddhas at Ananda. Photo taken in or around Old Bagan to Nyaung U, Bagan, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

One of the cardinal point Buddhas at Ananda. Photo: Mark Ord

The popular approach is from the east (shoes are left at the very first gate) through an area absolutely awash with souvenir sellers. Like any of Bagan's most popular sites, this one can get very busy when the tour buses arrive. Allow at least ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 900 words.)

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