Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Yangon

Shwedagon Paya

One of Buddhism's most sacred sites, the 325ft zedi here is adorned with 27 metric tons of gold leaf, along with thousands of diamonds and other gems, and is believed to enshrine eight hairs of the Gautama Buddha as…
Top Choice Landmark in Mandalay

Mandalay Hill

To get a sense of Mandalay’s pancake-flat sprawl, climb the 760ft hill that breaks it. The walk up covered stairways on the hill's southern slope is a major part of the experience; note that you'll need to go barefo…
Top Choice Monastery in Inwa

Bagaya Kyaung

This lovely 1834 teak monastery is Inwa’s most memorable individual attraction. It's supported on 267 teak posts, the largest 60ft high and 9ft in circumference, creating a cool and dark prayer hall that feels genui…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Mandalay

Shwe In Bin Kyaung

A meditative departure from the usual Burmese 'douse-it-all-in-gold-and-pastels' aesthetic, this gorgeously carved teak monastery is beloved by tourists and locals. Commissioned in 1895 by a pair of wealthy Chinese …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Yangon

Ngahtatgyi Paya

One of Yangon's, if not Myanmar's, most gorgeous Buddha images is this 46ft-tall seated one at the Ngahtatgyi Paya, sitting in calm gold and white repose with a healthy splash of precious stones to boot. In fact, it…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Old Bagan

Ananda Pahto

With its shimmering gold, 170ft-high, corncob hti shimmering across the plains, Ananda is one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of all Bagan temples. Thought to have been built between 1090 and…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Mrauk U

Shittaung Paya

Shittaung means ‘Shrine of the 80,000 Images’, a reference to the number of holy images inside. King Minbin, the most powerful of Rakhine’s kings, built Shittaung in 1535. This is Mrauk U's most complex temple – it’…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Bagan

Dhammayangyi Pahto

Visible from all parts of Bagan, this massive, walled, 12th-century temple (about 1600ft east of Shwesandaw) is infamous for its mysterious, bricked-up inner passageways and cruel history. It’s said that King Narath…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Mandalay

Mahamuni Paya

Every day, thousands of colourfully dressed faithful venerate Mahamuni's 13ft-tall seated Buddha, a nationally celebrated image that’s popularly believed to be some 2000 years old. Centuries of votary gold leaf appl…
Top Choice Cave in Hpa-an

Saddan Cave

This football-stadium-sized cave is simply breathtaking, its entrance dominated by dozens of buddhas statues, a couple of pagodas and some newer clay wall carvings.In absolute darkness (bring a torch; otherwise for …