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Bagan Archaeological Museum

This Museum was first opened on the first October, 1979 and established in 1904. Over the years, many items were added until the small building could no longer properly display them. The building was then renovated, enlarged and opened to the public in 1979. The new museum is a complex of one octagonal main structure. Stone inscriptions are to be set up in three big open sheds and archeological objects are to be displayed in one octagonal main structure.

Manuha Temple

According to King Manuha's inscriptions, Manuha Temple is one of the oldest temples in Bagan,it is a rectangular building of two storeys temple built in Myinkaba by captive Mon King Manuha in 1067. The lithic inscription which recorded its history is now kept in the shed inside the Mandalay Palace Cily. According to that inscription the Manuha Buddha Image was made and dedicated by Manuha, king of Thaton.

Ananda Temple

Ananda Temple is considered as the nicest one in Bagan. The visit of Bagan will be not completed without Ananda temple. Itis built in 1105 AD during the reign (1084–1113) ofKing Kyanzittha. The temple was damaged in theearthquakeof 1975. However, it has been fully restored and is well maintained by frequent painting and whitewashing of the walls.

Sulamani Temple

The Sulamani Temple is one of the most-frequently visited in Bagan. It was built in 1183, under the reign of King Narapatisithu, a very prosperous time in Bagan. Sulamani Temple was restored after the 1975 earthquake, and utilises brick and stone, with frescoes in the interior of the temple. It was rebuilt in 1994.

Shwezingon Pagoda

Shwezigon pagoda is one of the outstanding pagodas in Bagan, thanks to its architecture. It is a prototype of Burmese stupas, gilt from the base to top. It consists of a circular gold leaf-gilded stupa surrounded by smaller temples and shrines. The stupa from the base to the upper section of bell-shaped dorm is built with stone bricks from Tuyin Taung quarries. The uppermost part of the dorm is adorned with a pattern of upturned and downturned lotus penal.

Mahagandaryone Monastery

Amarapura is known with the ancient Buddhist architecture bearing the stamp of history of Myanmar. The Mahagandhayon Monastery is considered one of the highlights of this former capital. Just west of U-Bein Bridge, this sprawling monastery is a pleasantly meditative place for most of the day. Over Buddhist Lent, over 1000 monks from everywhere gather at the monastery, creating a sacred atmosphere of Buddhism in Amarapura. In here, visitors will witness the traditional ritual of alms round in the morning.