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Temple Highlights in Bagan

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The first time we did a temple post was when we did our tour in Kyoto. That time we split it up into two posts with a ton of info. This time  we’re just going to showcase some photos and cut to the chase.

Let’s face it, neither you nor I will remember the names of all these Burmese temples in the long run.

But maybe we will secure a spot in your memory with these snapshots.

A little bit of history before I get started.

Bagan, with its 2,200 temples has the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples in the world. Many of these date back to the 11th and 12th century, though at the time there stood as many as 13,000. Bagan’s glory days started in the 9th century with King Anawratha, who united Burma under Theravada Buddhism, but unfortunately when the city was invaded by the Mongols in 1287 it became nothing more than a small village.

The best way to view the ruins is by bicycle, as the area is fairly flat and the temples are spaced close together. The design and structure of the temples differ greatly from one another and with them being in various stages of aging there is plenty to see.

As we headed out for the day of exploring we stumbled upon a wedding procession right outside our hotel. A worthy delay.

wedding in bagan

 

wedding

Off to a good start.

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Some of them looked completely different.

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And sometimes you need a break from temples to examine the beautiful sand paintings sold on the premises.

sand painting

 

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temples

All in all Bagan is simply magical and not to be missed on a Burma trip.

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