Bagan: An ancient city of ten thousand temples

Bagan – with its’ 10,000 ancient Buddhist temples – is the heart and soul of Myanmar’s tourist industry…but don’t get me wrong, it’s wondrously quiet for a tourist draw. Bagan was the first kingdom to unify the lands into what currently constitutes modern-day Myanmar. With thousands of relics from religious monuments dispersed across 104 square kilometres of land, it is impossible not to sense how phenomenal and grandiose this ancient city really was as it expanded its’ grandeur between the 9th and 13th centuries.

Pyin U Lwin to Bagan in Myanmar

Pyin U Lwin to Bagan in Myanmar

The following endeavours to share photographs from our 4 days of weaving between and around temples on our cute-little-dilapidated-Burmese bicycles.

Sunset from our hotel rooftop overlooking the 'commercial' street within the Bagan archaeological zone in Myanmar (Burma)

Sunset from our hotel rooftop overlooking the ‘commercial’ street within the Bagan archaeological zone in Myanmar (Burma)

Can you see anything other than trees, land and temples in the this shot of Bagan in Myanmar (Burma)?

Can you see anything other than trees, land and temples in the this shot of Bagan in Myanmar (Burma)?

 

Temples in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Temples in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Lina cycling around Bagan to visit temples in Myanmar (Burma)

Lina cycling around Bagan to visit temples in Myanmar (Burma)

Temple entrance in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Temple entrance in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Could you believe it? Such a beautiful archaeological structure and there was no one to dodge in order to take this photograph. Neither tourist nor personnel. Bagan was our own.

Could you believe it? Such a beautiful archaeological structure and there was no one to dodge in order to take this photograph. Neither tourist nor personnel. Bagan was our own.

 

Sunset in Bagan: the only other tourists were local Burmese, many of whom were so interested in our presence as Westerners, we were frequently followed around, asked to shake hands and asked to pose for photographs. Nico and I - in Burma - became the tourist attraction.

Sunset in Bagan: the only other tourists were local Burmese, many of whom were so interested in our presence as Westerners, we were frequently followed around, asked to shake hands and asked to pose for photographs. Nico and I – in Burma – became the tourist attraction.

View from within a Burmese temple in Bagan

View from within a Burmese temple

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