This active itinerary is a great option for those looking to explore Burma’s culture rich cities alongside its rural treasures. Roam Bagan’s temple strewn plains by mountain bike, trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake, and cycle the streets of Yangon and Mandalay.
Temples in Burma
Magnificent temples abound in Burma, dotting the horizons of its verdant landscapes up and down the country. From the temple studded lands of Bagan to the glittering pagodas of Yangon, the holy sites of Burma are simply mind boggling both in size and beauty. Whilst stupas are solid temples, said to house remains of Buddhas or monks, Pagodas are open to enter for worship. Having evolved from the shape of a stupa, the two often look similar yet their significance is marked by their history.
With so many Buddhist sites to squeeze into your Burma itinerary, we've handpicked a few of our favourites.
Shwedagon - Yangon
Shwedagon dates back a staggering 2500 years and is hailed as one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites as it is said to house eight hairs of the Gautama Buddha. Continually gilded, the gold leafed pagoda shimmers over the Yangon skyline night and day.
Kyauk Ka Lat Pagoda - Hpa An
Burma’s balancing pagoda, Kyauk Ka Lat, is vertiginously perched on layers of natural rock in the middle of a manmade lake. This precariously placed temple affords a picturesque location, and the lake which it overlooks is home to a myriad of bird life.
Mahamuni Pagoda - Mandalay
Home to the most revered image of the Buddha in Burma, Mahamuni is a nationally celebrated pagoda. Each morning the towering Buddha image is washed meticulously before male devotees arrive to adorn the shrine with layers of gold leaf.
Golden Rock - Kyaiktiyo
This enormous, precariously balanced bolder is a spectacular sight, and an incredibly significant spot for Buddhist pilgrims who visit between the months of December and March, arriving to affix gold leaf squares onto the rock’s surface.
Temples of Bagan
We simply couldn't choose just one. Whether its marvelling at the gold spire of Ananda, delving into the mysterious past of Dhammayangyi or celebrating at Shwezigon's eponymous festival, Bagan's temple studded plains are sure not to disappoint.
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