Bagan, Myanmar

 

Bagan formerly Pagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom's height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.

The Bagan Archaeological Zone is a main draw for the country's nascent tourism industry.

 

 

 Mount Popa

Mount Popa

 Detail @ Mount Popa

Detail @ Mount Popa

 Village life

Village life

 A local In the village

A local In the village

 Impressive balloon ride over Bagan

Impressive balloon ride over Bagan

 The brick red, gold and white spires and stupas rising out of a sun rising landscape

The brick red, gold and white spires and stupas rising out of a sun rising landscape

 An iconic scene  

An iconic scene  

 Memorable sights

Memorable sights

 Ancient religious  

Ancient religious  

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 Anyone with a bit of spare cash could pay a builder to renovate a pet temple and earn a few Buddhist brownie points.... 

Anyone with a bit of spare cash could pay a builder to renovate a pet temple and earn a few Buddhist brownie points....