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Ananda Pagoda Festival

The Ananda is King Kyansitthar's masterpiece. It is laid out according to the plan of a Greek Cross, with arms formed by porticos radiating from the central square block. Within the tall arched alcoves of its four sides are the standing images of the Buddha. There are a large collection of green glazed terracotta plaques in the Ananda, the largest assembly in a single building. The pagoda festival is held for a fortnight during Pyatho (January) around the full moon day.

Shwezigon Pagoda Festival

The pagoda is an example of early Bagan architecture. It was, built by King Anawrahta started building it, finished by King Kyansitthar, and enshrined with various relics of Buddha. At each of its four facades there is a small square temple housing a 13 feet high standing Buddha in bronze. The pagoda festival is held for many days in Tazaungmone (November) around the full moon day.

Mount Popa Nat Festival

Mount Popa, a 1500m high extinct volcano, is about 50-km southeast of Bagan. It is the legendary home of nats or spirits. The mount Popa area has also been designated as a National Park, a perfect place for eco-tourism and summer resort. The Nat festival is held on Myanmar New Year Day in Tagu (April.)