Karaweik Palace 🏯

Karaweik Palace was built of concrete with two giant golden bird shapes and the roof is the same as Pyatthat. Karaweik Palace has a spacious interior space, like a cruise, was built in the image of a Karaweik which is a bird in Burmese mythology. Karaweik was built in 1974, based on the architecture of Pyi Gyi Mon Royal Barge, the Burmese king’s palace in ancient times. In the past, it was used for government offices, now the Karaweik Royal Palace has become a restaurant and a venue for artists to perform traditional dances of the country, as well as to introduce Myanmar’s artistic culture.

Shwezigon Pagoda 🛕

Shwezigon Pagoda is located on the west of the Nyaung U Town, near the Old Bagan. It was built by King Anawrahta (1044-77) in 1059 AD. The Pagoda is a prototype of Burmese stupa enshrining a collection of relics including the Buddha’s frontal and collar bones. According to the chronicles King Anawrahta chose the location to build a pagoda by sending a white elephant mounted with tooth relic of the Buddha. The elephant stopped over the dune on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River and named the “Shwezigon” means “golden pagoda on the dune”. The pagoda was threatened by earthquake several times, completed by his son King Kyansittha (1084-1113) in 1102 AD.

Umin Thonze Pagoda 🛕

U Min Thonze Temple is believed to have been founded during the reign of King Tarabya I (1327 to 1336). The temple was, however, extensively renovated in 1847 and no one really knows how much the renovation altered the original appearance of the temple. The temple is dedicated to the Thervada branch of Buddhism.The most striking feature of U Min Thonze Temple is its corridor like cave in the side of the hill. The cave has 30 elaborate entrance arches and inside a beautifully tiled cavern are 45 identical statues of the Lord Buddha. This impressive space is a bout 100 metres long. Around the cave are more shrines and stupas.

Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort 🏨

In ancient times, the kingdom of Bagan surrounded the myth of being a bridge between heaven and earth. Set within the Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone, in a unique location amongst the ancient temples, the Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Bagan is an expansive resort set amidst 27 acres of tropical landscaped gardens, offering the ultimate in relaxation for us as we were seeking a unique journey into the history of ancient Bagan. Antiques, artifacts and local arts uniquely adorn each villa, complementing the majestic ambiance of the resort and its surroundings.

Hsinbyume Pagoda 🛕

The Hsinbyume Pagoda aka Mya Thein Dan Pagoda (White Temple) is just a few hundred metres beyond the Mingun Bell further down the main street of Mingun. It is a very unusual Paya with a lovely gorgeous white structure. The seven separate terraces of the Paya are meant to represent the seven mountain ranges and oceans in between and around Mount Meru with the stupa at the top representing Mount Meru itself. Mount Meru is the mythical centre of the universe in Buddhist-Hindu cosmolgy. There are also many small statues on the Pagoda representing various nat spirits, ogres, and naga serpents. All in all it makes for a gorgeous temple. 

U Bein Bridge 🌤️

The U Bein Bridge might look like just another rickety wooden crossing but this historic span is actually made of the remains of a royal palace. Construction on the wooden bridge was completed in 1851 after three years. The bridge was built at a slight curve, and is supported by over a thousand wooden pillars that were hammered into the bottom of the shallow lake. The planks of teak that make up the surface of the bridge were taken from the old royal palace of Inwa, a former Burmese capital, that had been razed a number of times. 

 

The Strand Hotel 🏨

The Strand Hotel remains one of Asia’s most enduring and awe-inspiring 5-star Colonial landmarks. The beloved chandeliers, charming ceiling fans and authentic period furnishings, which have long served as the backdrop to this singular meeting place of famous explorers and raconteurs, remain. Past meets present among strategic upgrades including advanced air-conditioning and in-room technologies, as well as in the extensive staff training to ensure flawless personalised service which lives up to this grand and glamorous setting.

Old Bagan Kingdom Pagodas 🛕

Bagan is an ancient city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, the first kingdom that unified the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, 4,446 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of 3,822 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day. 

Dee Doke Waterfall ⛰️

Dee Doke Waterfall aka Dee Dote is a hidden gem located high in the mountains just outside of Mandalay City, Myanmar. Get off the beaten Myanmar route and take the time to visit Dee Doke Waterfall and the incredible blue lagoons for I guarantee it won’t disappoint!

There is no bus to go to Dee Dote Waterfall, so you need to hire a motorbike taxi or rental motorbike. The waterfall is located in the mountain, so you have to take a hike in the mountain for 30 mins from the parking pool and entrance.

Ananda Temple 🛕

Ananda Temple represents the spirit of Mon architecture in combination with influence Indian structural design. The temple has a graceful symmetrical single – storey structure with a gilded tower – like spire, so – called “sikhara”, on top of the temple. The sikhara, whose original design is from India, is placed in the center of the building. The sikhara holds five niches laid over each other, each niche contains a Buddha image. 

Ananda temple has the design of a well – proportioned Greek cross plan with four entrances, each crowned with a stupa finial, creating the structure of a simple corridor. Six pyramid – like terraces rise to the central tower. Each corner of the second terrace lay a miniature of the golden sikhara. The terraces are decorated with many Chinthes, the mythical lion of Myanmar guarding temples throughout the country.

Pottery Village 🍯

Kyaukmyaung is a pottery village where the majority of the 15,000 residents who live there participate in the San Oh, or pottery, industry in some way. Kyaukmyaung is home to the only four large scale glaze factories in upper Myanmar. The largest is Nweyein. Ceramic traditions in this area were first started in the Ma-u and Ohn Bin villages in the 18th century when 5,000 Mon war captives were settled in the area by King Alaungpaya (1752–1760) after his conquest of Pegu.