5 of the Best Temples to watch the Sunrise and Sunset in Bagan​

A  trip  to  Bagan,  Myanmar  would  not  be  complete  without  a  morning  watching  the  sun  peak 
over  the  mountains  and  dye  the  sky  a  rainbow  of  colors.  After  watching  a  magical  sunrise,  a 
good sunset is also a must! Followings are 5 of the best spots.
Ta Wet Hpaya
This  temple  is  well situated  in  the  middle  of  the  Bagan  archaeological  zone,  making  it  a  great 
place  for  both  sunrise  and  sunset!  If  you  manage  to  get  up  early  enough,  you  will  only  share 
the sunrise with a few other explorers, the same goes for the sunset.
The easiest way to get there is to drive your e-bike as if going to Sulamani Temple. There is a 
small dirt road across from it that leads south and takes you to the secret temple. After parking, 
pass  through the  archway  and  enter  the  temple  on  the  left  side.  The  stairs  up  are  on  the  left 
side inside the temple.
Thitsarwadi Temple
Many  of  the  hot  air  balloons  that  rise  over  the  archaeological  zone  fly  right  over  this  temple. 
This means you could get some great photos of the balloons and morning colors. If you come 
here for sunset, you can get cool photos with the silhouette of a nearby pagoda that is topped 
with gold.
This smaller temple is located off the main road leading from New Bagan to the bus station. If 
you  are  coming  from  New  Bagan,  it  is  just  past Dhammayazika  Pagoda.  Look  for  a  small  sign 
that signals the turnoff. When you enter the temple, there are stairs up on either side.
Shwesandaw Pagoda
It  gives uninterrupted  views of the vast  plain and  is a great  spot to watch the balloons  slowly 
rise in the distance. Very easy to find. Just one turn off the main paved road.
Law Ka Ou Shaung
This  temple  gives  great  sunrise  views  with  the  well  known  Shwesandaw  Pagoda  in  the 
background. It took a bit of clambering and was a quite precarious position with a long drop if I 
had fallen – so be careful!
One  way  is  to  drive  as  if  going  to  the  popular  Shwesandaw  Pagoda  and  turn  right  on  a  small 
dirt road just past it. Follow this and Law Ka Ou Shaung will be on your right side. Alternatively, 
you could turn off the main road and drive from the opposite direction, with the pagoda being 
on your left side.
Pyathetgyi Pagoda
This  pagoda  is  well  known  but  worth  braving  the  crowds  for  the  sunset  views!  Because  this 
pagoda is popular, you will see small shops selling souvenirs outside of it as well as cold drinks. 
After a hot day exploring, nothing beats watching a sunset with an ice cold coca cola.
This pagoda is located pretty  far into the plain and  can only  be accessed  on dirt  roads.  These 
roads  can  be  quite  taxing  on  the  battery  of  an  e-bike  –  if  you  are  using  one,  make  sure  you 
have sufficient battery before venturing there!​


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