The town of Bagan (formerly spelled as "Pagan"), central Myanmar (Burma), located on the left bank of the Irrawaddy River and approximately 90 miles (145 km) southwest of
Mandalay. The site of an old capital city of Myanmar, Pagan is a pilgrimage centre and contains very old Buddhist shrines that have been restored and repaint and are in current use. Ruins of other shrine and pagodas cover a wide area. The most attractive of the temples are Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple, Shwezigon Pagoda, and Thatbyinnyu Temple.