Salay, or ‘Little Bagan’

A travel piece on the town of Salay, 35km south of Bagan and also of the same period. The town is home to a number of pagodas and temples as well, making it a good side trip to go to when visiting Bagan.

Salay. Source: Eleven Myanmar 20141209
Salay. Source: Eleven Myanmar 20141209

Salay for spirituality
Eleven Myanmar, 09 December 2014

Unofficially known as ‘Second Bagan’, Salay is a small Bagan-era town set on the eastern bank of the Ayeyawady River, 35.4 kilometres south of Bagan. It is home to 52 pagodas and temples dating back to the Bagan era, a 130-year-old monastery famous for its woodcarvings, ancient pagodas and monasteries.

A one-and-a-half-hour drive from Bagan, Salay is a popular side trip for tourists visiting Bagan. It is also a must-see destination for tourists on a river cruise along the Ayeyawady River to Bagan and Mandalay.

As a Bagan-era village, it’s no surprise that Salay boasts many pagodas and temples that bear a striking resemblance to those of Bagan in terms of design and style. There are about 70 pagodas and temples built during the Innwa and Konbaung periods.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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