Bagan Ghosts, Superstitious Kings & Brutal Conquerors

February 7, 2013 by | Filed Under: Authentic Experiences, Myanmar, News


The history of the Bagan temples and the Bagan kingdom does not only have a sunny side from the glory days. There was a lot of bloodshed and treachery in Bagan’s fabled past too. During this half day tour, our guide will show you places with a spooky history and tell you hair-rising myths and anecdotes.

Bagan - inside a temple 3

Is the spirit of the Tharaba gate really the soul of a person buried alive inside the door post? How many construction workers had their arms chopped of at that stone at Dhammayangyi stupa? What happened to Bagan after the Mongols invaded and won a decisive battle in 1287? And are there still ghosts here at night?

From the 9th to 13th centuries AD, Bagan was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan. It was the first kingdom to unite distant outposts that would later coalesce into modern Burma then Myanmar. At the height of the kingdom’s power between the 11th and 13th centuries, it is estimated that more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, shrines, pagodas and monasteries were built in the Bagan plain. Today, some 2,200 temples and pagodas  can still be seen, many with a great story to tell.

The stories behind some of the temples are not for the squeamish. Khiri Myanmar’s guide will explain….


Khiri Travel Myanmar also organises a treasure hunt for children through the market of Nyaung U near Bagan. Or try a picnic lunch or a boat ride to a hidden cave temple. Khiri Travel Myanmar makes Bagan come alive for children and adults alike.

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