Shwezigon Pagoda Festival Bagan

2 Nov 2017 - 7 Dec 2017
Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan

Shwezigon Pagoda Festival is a cultural festival that features everything from puppet shows to traditional songs.

  • When? 2 - 7 Nov 2017
  • Where? Shwezigon Pagoda
  • Price: Free

We think you'd better pa-GO-da Bagan (sharp intake of breath now) in November. Why? Because it's when you'll find one of Myanmar's best religious and cultural celebrations, Shwezigon Pagoda Festival.

Held annually, this event sees one of this ancient city's best loved temples fill with well-wishers, monks and visitors. Expect puppet shows, cultural song (Zatpwe) and parades of brightly costumed dancers; flowers, money and incense are traditionally given as gifts to the monasteries.

The festival is also a good chance to sample popular local dishes, including sweet treats and spicy curries. Most of the food is served fresh from street stalls and vendors; keep an eye out for handicrafts too, the city is known for its lacquerware, glass pots, blankets and tableware and many traders set up stands during the festivities. The city swells in size during the event and draws people from local villages as well as plenty of pilgrims to the celebration. At night the Pagoda is lit up with thousands of lights, which creates a magical atmosphere. 

If you're planning a trip to Myanmar at this time of year, make time for the Shwezigon Pagoda Festival, although you should make accommodation and transportation arrangements ahead of time as places fill up fast. Offering something a bit different (magic shows often take place), we guarantee it'll be more entertaining than our awful word puns.

  • Get there: Fly into Bagan and hire an E-Bike to get around the city.
  • Stay: There are plenty of hotels nearby the pagoda so it's worth booking early.

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