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Shwesandaw Pagoda

A bell-shaped stupa on receding terraces, Shwesandaw Pagoda was built on 1057 by Anawrahta. Located in Bagan, the objective of the builder was to boost the teachings of Buddhism in his Kingdom.

This place is enshrined at the repository of the sacred hairs of Gautama Buddha. On the way to the pagoda, a visitor has to climb flights of steep steps leading to all four sides of the receding terraces — it is through this part of the visit where the pilgrims and tourists are given good views of the plains of Bagan and its numerous beautiful temples competing for the attention of curious onlookers. The pagoda is popular for its well-known spot for majestic sunrises and melancholic sunsets. In the pagoda, traces of Hinduism are seen in the corners of the terraces where the statues of Ganesha, the Hindu God with elephant head is conspicuously placed.



Shwesandaw Pagoda is located in Bagan, Myanmar, 1 kilometre away from the airport.


Opening Days and Hours

Opens daily from 8:00 to 17:00.


Entry Fee and Bookings

A 7-day tour of Bagan, Myanmar starts at USD 250.


How to Get There

  • Fly to Bagan via Air KBZ,  Golden Myanmar Airlines, and Myanmar National Airlines.
  • Rent a taxi to Bagan town centre.
  • Rent a bicycle to Shwesandaw Pagoda.


Suggested For

  • Solo travelers/backpackers
  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Families


Time to Spend

Suggested time in this duration is 1 hour.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

The best time to explore Shwesandaw Pagoda is between 9:00 and 11:00.



Dining options around Bagan include 7 Sisters Restaurant, Sanon Training Restaurant, Kyaw Kitchen, Bagan Zay, Weather Spoon’s Restaurant and Bar, and Ma Mae Naing.



Nearby Attractions

  • Gawdaw Palin
  • Bu Paya
  • Sulamani Temple



When it comes to accommodations, you can visit Bagan Thande Hotel, The Hotel Temple View, The Hotel at Tharabar Gate, Bagan Hotel, Royal Bagan Hotel, Kaday Aung Hotel, and Zfreeti Hotel. Rates range from USD 23 to USD 75.

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