The ancient outer wall of Old Bagan still stands today, marking the entrance to the original heart of the capital city. It encircles the landward side of city which is located next to the Ayeyarwady River.
One notable feature of Old Bagan wall is at the entry gate. Either side of the gate has a Nat, or spirit, to protect the city. The close proximity of temples makes this area quite unique. A few of the more notable are the Thatbyinnyu Temple and the Gawdawpalin Temple, which are both visible across Bagan as they are two tallest temples. Bupaya Temple is unique as it's the only temple to remain on the shores of the Ayeyarwady River.