Bagan, formerly Pagan, is a priceless archaeological site with 2,000 temples and pagodas spread out over a 15 miČ area. The city was founded in the 9th century and the construction of the temples and pagodas started in the 11th century, under the reign of Anawratha. Two centuries later, over 1,000 had been built. In the old district of Bagan, we would like to point out: the Ananda temple, one of the oldest and most impressive; the Nath Laung Kyaug temple, dedicated to Vishnu and the only Hindu temple in the country; the Thatbyinnyu temple, the highest monument on the site; and the Mahabodi pagoda, with its original architecture surrounded by niches holding sitting Buddhas and a nat frieze. Besides these archaeological gems, do not miss out on the laquerware (Bagan is the Burmese capital of laquerware) and cheerot workshops (Burmese cigars).