Bagan is an ancient city located on the banks of the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River in Mandalay region in Central Myanmar. Bagan was formerly a capital and a centre of a powerful Pagan empire which flourished for over 400 years. Today, it is a renowned UNESCO heritage site. The old town area is one of the most visited destinations in the country, who visit the Bagan Archaeological Zone, which comprises of the remains of over 4000 Buddhist temples and monasteries, around 1000 of which remain today.
Bagan's rich culture, history, architecture and Buddhist temples have attracted travelers from around the world, from as early as the times of Marco Polo, who was besotted by the beauty of this town. Bagan attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year who romanticize the beauty of the horizon witnessing sunsets and gorgeous sunrises over these pagodas.
Hot Air Balloon rides are very popular and are one of the ways of experiencing this enriching town. Nyaung U, located 2km away from Old Bagan has become an excellent base for travelers due to plenty of cheap accommodation, restaurants and tourist amenities.
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