Bagan is an ancient city located at the Central of Myanmar, southwest of Mandalay. Once a bustling empire founded by King Anawrahta, Bagan, the capital of Bagan Empire, is now an archaeological site for both Burmese and foreigners. During the 9th to the 13th Century, more than 10,000 temples and stupas have been built due to the King’s religious belief – Theravada Buddhism. However, Bagan is located in an active earthquake zone, resulting in irreparable damages on these historical monuments; leaving about not more than 2000 Buddhist monuments across the large field of Bagan. The 1975 earthquake, for instance, it has caused many temples, stupas and monument beyond repairs.
Despite the effort by Burmese government to restore them, their restoration has brought in many critics as many monuments have been poorly repaired. Brownish monuments and stupas filled with Buddhists – abandoned or not – this experience is still unforgettable and breath-taking. An astonish experience for me. If you like Angkor Watt, you will also fall in love with Bagan. In my opinion, this place is even better than Angkor Watt. Unfortunately, this place has yet to be recognised by UNESCO. Hopefully, they will look into this beauty soon and put them on their UNESCO list. It is still a must place to visit.
P.S: There are a couple of temples which one should visit such as Shwezigon Pagoda, Ananda Temple, Sulamani Guphaya and Shwesandaw Pagoda.
Below are some of my pictures from this magical world.
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