September in Bagan is still the rainy season, so the weather is rainy, hot and humid, as in August. Compared with previous months, rainfall in September begins to decrease and has more sunny days for outside activities.
Weather: The average temperature in September is 33°C (91°F), with average noontime temperature around 38°C (100°F) and average night temperatures falling to around 28°C (83°F). The highest temperature is around 40°C (104°F) and the lowest around 26°C (79°F).
Clothing: Take a hat or umbrella when participating in outdoor activities. Of course, raincoat and waterproof shoes are also needed in case of rain. Take a thin coat with you as it’s usually quite cool after the rain. Please keep important items, like wallet and camera, in your waterproof bag. Wear non-slip shoes as roads are slippery and wet.
Things to Do
Rainfall will start to decrease, especially towards the end of the month, and temperatures will start to drop. This can be a wonderful time to plan your trip to Myanmar, enjoy the sightseeing and shopping in Bagan - with fewer visitors and lush green landscapes.
Participate in the Manuha Pagoda Festival
The Manuha Pagoda Festival is a traditional festival in Myanmar, held annually in Bagan one day before the Full Moon Day of Tawtalin. It is convened for three consecutive days at the end of September or the start of October, depending on the Lunar Calendar.
The festival involves both merit-making and merry-making activities such as a charity feast for all-comers; offering alms-food to monks; presenting gifts to the elderly; dancing and marching with paper effigies.
These traditions are believed to have been passed down from the time of King Manuha.
During the festival it is customary to make Nga-Chin snacks. Rice cakes and pickled winter melon are served to all-comers from near and far, including neighbors, relatives and other visitors. Over the years, the Manuha Pagoda Festival has become one of the favorite tourist attractions in Bagan..
Appreciate Ananda Temple
Ananda Temple was built around the 1090s during the reign of King Kyanzittha and is considered to be one of the best surviving masterpieces of Mon architecture.
During the 1975 earthquake, Ananda suffered considerable damage but it has since been totally restored. Now, it is known as the finest, largest, best-preserved and most revered Bagan monument.
The main tower is 54 meters high, with four side views in four directions. Each side is a worship space, with a nearly 10-meter tall statue.
The structure of the temple is that of a simple corridor temple. The base and terraces are decorated with 554 glazed tiles showing Jataka scenes (life stories of the Buddha). Huge carved teak doors separate interior halls from cross passages on all four sides.
Ananda Temple is a must-see in Bagan, forming part of the Top 9 Attractions.
Explore Gawdawpalin Temple
Gawdawpalin Temple was built after Sulamani Temple by King Narapatisithu in the 11th century, and it was completed by his son Htilominlo. At a height of 55 meters, Gawdawpalin Temple is the second tallest temple on the plain of Bagan.
It is a large two-storey temple built in the style of the late Bagan period. The first storey is surrounded by a corridor that contains a seated Buddha image. The second storey is smaller and contains the principal Buddha image.
There is an inspiring story associated with the temple. During King Narapatisithu’s reign, the king’s pride was so great that he had grown ignorant. He thought of himself as having more power and as accomplishing more than his ancestors.
As a punishment for his sins, he became blind. This punishment was only lifted after he atoned and paid respect to his forebears.
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