Shwesandaw Pagoda

Shwesandaw Pagoda is the highest Buddhist temple in Bagan, located northwest of Kyansittha Umin near the bank of Irrawaddy river, in the area of Nyaung U. It is considered the best place to watch sunrise and sunset of Bagan city.

Shwesandaw temple has a 4-sided 5-storey structure, and the most special feature is that each side has a staircase leading to the terrace. Standing on the terrace of Shwesandaw, you can admire the whole surrounding landscape and temples clearly.


In addition, when coming to Shwesandaw, you should not miss exploring the Dragon Lady long-neck village with women wearing necklaces according to their age, experience the activity of riding a horse-drawn carriage to visit the surroundings.

To visit Bagan to visit Shwesandaw Pagoda, you can fly from Yangon, take the train from Yangon or Mandalay or travel by boat on the Irrawaddy River.

Bagan does not have the rainy season, the weather is dry all year round, so you can travel to Bagan and visit Shwesandaw at any time of the year, but the best time is from November to February next year, when the weather is cool. You should spend about 3 hours to half a day visiting Shwesandaw Pagoda and combine visiting famous tourist attractions around, and of course you should come here at sunset or dawn because as mentioned, this is the best spot to watch the sunrise and sunset of Bagan city.

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