Bagan is an ancient city in central Myanmar (formerly Burma), southwest of Mandalay. Standing on the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwady River, it’s known for the Bagan Archaeological Area, where more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments tower over green plains. Holy sites around Old Bagan include ornate Ananda Temple, built in 1091 and topped with a golden stupa. Nearby is the vast 12th-century Dhammayangyi Temple.

Also in Old Bagan lie intricately carved Thatbyinnyu, one of the city’s tallest temples, and the huge Hindi temple NathlaungKyaung. The riverside Bagan Archaeological Museum exhibits sacred artifacts. Shwezigon Pagoda, also set along the meandering Ayeyarwady River, is a gilded temple dating back to the 11th century. Between the museum and the pagoda, Htilominlo Temple rises dramatically above the trees, while red-stone Sulamani Temple contains painted Buddha statues. New Bagan and Nyaung-U are modern settlements close to the monuments. Southeast of Bagan, Mt. Popa National Park is home to an extinct volcano.

Top sights

1.    Ananda Temple
2.    Shwezigon Pagoda
3.    Thatbyinnyu Temple
4.    Dhammayangyi Temple
5.    Sulamanni Temple
6.    Htilominlo Temple
7.    NathlaungKyaung Temple
8.    Popa Mountain National Park
9.    Shwesandaw Pagoda
10.   Bagan Archaeological Museum
11.   Lacquerware Museum and institute
12.   Bagan Golden Palace

Nyaung – U

Nyaung-U is the administrative town of Nyaung-U Township of Nyaung-U District in the Mandalay Region of central Myanmar. It lies on the eastern bank of Ayeyarwaddy River. It is just 4 kilometers away from old Bagan, a popular tourist attraction. The Shwezigon Pagoda is located there. The other popular places in and around Nyaung-U were Htilominlo Pagoda Gubyaukgyi Pagoda Ahlodawpyae Pagoda and HgnetPyitTaung Hill It is the home of Nyaung U Airport. It can be reached by air, by railway, by bus and by boat. The 8.10 inches rainfall of 19 Oct 2011 was the record breaking one for past 47 years. The previous record was 5.67 inches of 9 Oct 1989.