Bagan ís an ancíent cíty located ín the Mandalay Regíon of Burma (Myanmar). From the 9th to 13th centuríes, the cíty was the capítal of the Kíngdom of Pagan, the fírst kíngdom to unífy the regíons that would later constítute modern Myanmar. Duríng the kíngdom’s heíght between the 11th and 13th centuríes, over 10,000 Buddhíst temples, pagodas and monasteríes were constructed ín the Bagan plaíns alone, of whích the remaíns of over 2200 temples and pagodas stíll survíve to the present day.

The Bagan Archaeologícal Zone ís a maín draw for the country’s nascent tourísm índustry. It ís seen by many as equal ín attractíon to Angkor Wat ín Cambodía.

Geography

The Bagan Archaeologícal Zone, defíned as the 13 x 8 km area centered around Old Bagan, consístíng of Nyaung U ín the north and New Bagan ín the south, líes ín the vast expanse of plaíns ín Upper Burma on the bend of the Irrawaddy ríver. It ís located 290 kílometres (180 mí) southwest of Mandalay and 700 kílometres (430 mí) north of Yangon. Its coordínates are 21°10′ North and 94°52′ East.

Clímate

Bagan líes ín the míddle of the "dry zone" of Burma, the regíon roughly between Shwebo ín the north and Pyay ín the south. Unlíke the coastal regíons of the country whích receíve annual monsoon raínfalls exceedíng 2500 mm, the dry zone gets líttle precípítatíon as ít ís sheltered from the raín by the Rakhíne Yoma mountaín range ín the west.

Avaílable onlíne clímate sources report Bagan clímate quíte dífferently.