Thousands years ago, Bagan was the capital of Burma Kingdom. For many travels and tours in Myanmar, it is the most promising city with an unbelievable peaceful environment. In the early morning, the honey sunlight crosses brown temples made of ancient bricks. If you choose to go around the place by bike or let your soul immerse to the surround atmosphere with the sound of the horses, Bagan embraces your body by the extreme fresh air and a magnificently ancient look. No words can fully describe the flow of life in the city; only with the naked eyes can visitors feel its breath.
The first kingdom in Burma, also known as the most prosperous one, started and ended in 7th century. Its capital was stayed in Bagan. During the period, there are many religious constructions built. Most of them are made of brick or stone, and they were designed by the most skillful artists in the country. Many of them are hardly destroyed by the natural effects and they stays still as a proof of a development in architecture and arts in Myanmar. Bagan Architecture Museum is the location that stores heritage relics from Burma Royal Families.
However, among thousands relics stored in the museum, 4400 relics were seriously damaged by the natural disasters include earthquake, erosion, flooding and due to the destruction in war. Besides, during the civil wars in Myanmar, many relics those are valuable to the arts were stolen, especially ones made of wood.
At the beginning of 19th century, the plan of constructing Bagan Architecture Museum was made by Taw Sein Kho – the man who was responsible to the management and doing research on archeology in Burma. The original construction stayed in the north of Ananda Temple was quite small. The total area of the museum was about 18 meters in length and 9 meters in width. At first, there were images carved on stones and collections of relics displayed in the museum. The museum was officially opened in 1904. In October 1979, the museum was enlarged to the south of Gadawpalin Pagoda with the construction of three new rooms: two rooms to exhibit carved images and an octagonal room to store small pieces of artifacts.
Today, the new museum is built on a large area. It was opened on 17th April 1998. It is a combination between traditional and modern architectures, which includes 10 exhibition halls on topic: Ancient Bagan, the Literature of Bagan Period, Buddha Statues, Bagan Architecture, Bagan Arts and Handicrafts, and Buddhist Architecture. The collections include 850 artifacts. From many travels and tours in Myanmar, visitors can travel by a time machine to the ancient culture of the kingdom.