Shwesandaw Pagoda is one of the taller pagodas in Bagan which height of 328 feets.
How to Get There
Hello friends, this is my fifth day on Myanmar and I still in Bagan. Today, after breakfast I visited few temples in Bagan. First temple I want to visit is Shwesandaw Pagoda which located in Old Bagan, 6 kilometers away from my guest house. I take a tuktuk (two wheeled buggy) which only need 30 minutes to arrive at that pagoda.
What to Do
Shwesandaw Pagoda is one of the taller pagodas in Bagan which height of 328 feets. This pagoda was built in 1057 by King Anawrahta who wanted to further Buddhism in his empire, it's contains of five terraces leading to a cylindrical stupa topped by an ornamental spire in the shape of ceremonial umbrella, called hti. In every corners of the pagoda were adorned with statues of Ganesh, the Hindu God with elephant head, since several Hindu deities were worshipped in Bagan before the arrival of Buddhism.
Shwesandaw Pagoda is one of pagoda in Bagan that you can climb up. The unique features is there are stairs on all its four sides leading right up to the fifth terrace and makes it a lot easier to get up and down the levels when there are lots of tourists. Be carefull to climb up this pagoda because the steps to the top are very narrow and steep, so it's very hard to climb for children or elder.
But guys, the view from the top is very worth the effort, as the 360 degress views are just beautiful with stupas, pagodas and temples strewn across Bagan's plains for as far as the eye can see. You can see how many wonderful sights there are.
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Satisfied explore this pagoda, I continue to Bagan Golden Palace which located 2 kilometers away from Shwesandaw Pagoda, it's need 25 minutes of walk.
Golden Palace is surrounded by red brick which very high, but when we go inside the palace, you'll see golden building with high rise roof moreover there are a lot of trees which very cool. This palace consist of carved object in the walls, roof and pillar until the stairs. The shape is very complicated but very decorative, I saw throne there.
Actually, this is not the original building and no king live there. It was build based on goverment demand which make it a tourism object since 2008. The architecture is not same with the original one.
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Move to the next destination, I visit Ananda Temple. Walk again, guys!! because this temple is only 2 kilo meters from Golden Palace. Ananda Temple is known as the finest largest best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. It is that of a simple corridor temple with 53 meters along each side while the superstructure reises in terraces to a decorative cliff 51 meters above the ground. The based and the terraces are decorated with 554 glazed tiles showing jataka scenes thought to be derived from Mon texts.
This temple most distinctive feature is the gilded sikhara, the tower like spire on top og the pagoda. Reflection of the gilded sikhara is visible from miles away over Bagan plains. In the dark, this teple is lit up by spotlights creating a mystical atmosphere.
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Satisfied explore this temple, last pagoda I've visit is Sulamani Temple. Sulamani Temple is located 2 kilo meters away from Ananda Temple. This temple has style similarity with that of the Htilominlo temple, which was built a few decaster later. The large first floor is topped with three receding terrace, the upper floor which is smaller topped with another four receding terraces and the corders of both lower and upper terraces contain smaller spires.
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In this temple, I buy some sand paintings. This paintingis typical of Bagan's artist which very famous. It's very uniques because they paint by using sand, very creative!!
Well, after buy some paintings I went back to guest house for check out because I want to continue my trip to Mandalay by bus. See you on my next trip guy :)
Tips and Trick
In this trip, mostly I walk because the location of pagodas are near, so prepare yourself to walk by wearing comfortable shoes and bring mineral water. Also, wear sunglasess because the weather is very sunny. For visiting temples, don't forget to always wearing polite dress guys :)