The Ancient Temples of Bagan Overland Adventure
Bagan is the richest archaeological site in Asia. Founded in 849 AD, Bagan is famous for its more than 3,000 religious monuments, ancient pagodas and temples. Located on the east bank of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River, these unique buildings and ruins constitute one of the Architectural Wonders of the World SEADREAM collaborated with local guides and operators to create a spectacular Land Adventure. You’ll visit all the “must-see” temples including; Shwezigon Stupa, Ananda, Thatbyinnyu, Dhamayangyi, Sulamuni, Gawdawpalin and Gubyaukgyi. Day 01: Yangon (L, D) Following an early breakfast aboard, you’ll disembark SEADREAM II and board our air-conditioned motor coach for a short ride to the Yangon Airport. Our local licensed guide will assist you with airport check-in. Your flight to Bagan is 80 minutes. On arrival in Bagan, you will begin your sightseeing adventure. Bagan was one of the first capitals of an ancient Burmese empire and today is one of the world’s major heritage sites. With thousands of pagodas and temples dating back more than 1,500 years, ancient Bagan rivals the temples of Angkor and is one of Southeast Asia’s most memorable sights. Upon arrival, you and your fellow SEADREAM guests will begin your exploration with a visit to the Nyaung Oo market. View exotic wares and get a colorful introduction to the local way of life. Next stop is the splendid, Shwezigon Pagoda; a paragon in the perfection of its architectural design. Its golden mass giving it an air of weight and stability, the Shwezigon derives its name from Jeyyabhumi, "Ground of Victory". Two great kings noted for their patronage of the religion are associated with the Shwezigon: Anawrahta (1044-1077) and Kyansittha (1084-1113). After the Shwezigon Pagoda, visit the Gubyaukgyi Temple. This 13th century temple has a spire resembling the Mahabodhi Temple at Buddha. The Gubyaukgyi is noted for its wall paintings depicting scenes from the previous lives of the Buddha. The ceiling of this temple features extensive wall paintings and the halls have enough light to view these clearly. The next stop on your SEADREAM overland adventure will be at the Ananda Temple. One of the finest, largest and best preserved of the Bagan temples. Built in 1091 by Kyanzittha, the temple is said to represent the endless wisdom of the Buddha. The central square has sides of 53 metres (175 feet) and rises in terraces above the ground. The Ananda suffered considerable damage in a strong earthquake and in 1979, a reconstruction project took place. SEADREAM makes an incredible photo stop for you to capture images of the entire Bagan panorama. After your photo stop to take in the stunning panorama of the Bagan temple site, lunch awaits at the Bagan Viewing Tower. After lunch, proceed to the Aureum Palace Hotel for check-in and approximately one hour of free time. Your afternoon will include a guided visit to a lacquer facility. In Myanmar, an adult Thit-si tree produces resin. To acquire the material, notches are sliced at the base of the trunk, on which one fixes small bamboo bowls. The sap of the lacquer tree has a very strong adhesive quality and a splendid brilliance. It adheres to many surfaces; bamboo, wood, metal and leather. It resists insects too. Your journey continues to visit a local village for a glimpse into their everyday life. Next visit the Damayangyi Temple, one of the four most significant monuments of Bagan. The massive structure is similar in architecture to the Ananda Temple. Damayangyi Temple was built by King Narathu (1167-70), who was also known as Kalagya Min, the 'king killed by Indians'. The temple is located 1 kilometer (.62 miles) southeast of the city walls towards Minnanthu. To conclude the day, you’ll enjoy a short ride by local horse & cart to Sunset Temple for sunset! After a long and exciting day of viewing these amazing sites, return to your hotel and relax. Special Arrangement: We have arranged a special Myanmar Longyi Demonstration in your Hotel Lobby before dinner. Your guide will explain “How to wear Myanmar Longyi“ which is a sheet of cloth that is worn around the waist extending down to the feet and is held in place by folding the fabric over without tying a knot. SEADREAM guests will be provided a Myanmar Longyi as a complementary gift and you may keep the Longyi and wear it to the special Myanmar dinner at the hotel. After dinner you’ll overnight at the hotel. Day 02: Bagan Yangon (B) Enjoy your included breakfast at the hotel and later transfer to the Nuang U airport for your morning flight back to Yangon. Subject to the scheduled flight time, there may be time in Yangon to visit the famous Scott Market, boasting the largest selection of handicrafts under one roof. The Myanmar Overland Adventure ends with a transfer to Bo Aung Kyaw Port, where SEADREAM II awaits.
Notes: For this program, regularly scheduled air flights are used. As this excursion involves approximately three hours of walking each day, it is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. This excursion is not recommended for those guests with walking difficulties. Shoes have to be removed when entering religious sites. Restrooms at tourist sites are of local standard.
Port: Yangon (Rangoon) Burma
Duration: 2 day - 1 night
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