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  • Ananda Temple, Bagan
  • Ananda Temple, Bagan
  • Ananda Temple, Bagan
  • Ananda Temple, Bagan
  • Ananda Temple, Bagan
  • Ananda Temple, Bagan
  • Cycling in Bagan
  • Htilominlo Temple, Bagan
  • Htilominlo Temple, Bagan
  • Htilominlo Temple, Bagan
  • Htilominlo Temple, Bagan
  • Htilominlo Temple, Bagan
  • Htilominlo Temple, Bagan
  • Irrawaddy River, Bagan
  • Irrawaddy River, Bagan
  • Irrawaddy River, Bagan
  • Irrawaddy River, Bagan
  • Irrawaddy River, Bagan
  • Irrawaddy River, Bagan
  • Nyaung Oo Market, Bagan
  • Nyaung Oo Market, Bagan
  • Nyaung Oo Market, Bagan
  • Nyaung Oo Market, Bagan
  • Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan
  • Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan
  • Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan

BAGAN

 

Gather all of Europe’s medieval cathedrals onto Manhattan island and throw in a whole lot more for good measure, and you’ll start to get a sense of the ambition of the temple-filled plain of Bagan. Rivaling the temples of Angkor for the crown of Southeast Asia’s most memorable sight, the 4400 temples here date from around the same period more than 800 years ago. Angkor’s individual temples may be more spectacular, but Bagan’s brilliance is in the wonderful collective views of stupa upon stupa dotting the plain. High season can get very busy, while low season allows some silence and solitude, although the vendors will usually track you down eventually. About 50 kilometers from Bagan, Mount Popa is a volcano 1518 metres above sea level. This is one of the most mysterious destinations where you must see to cool down the heat from the lowland. Mount Popa is perhaps best known for the nearby stunningly picturesque Popa Taungkalat monastery atop an outcrop. Pilgrims have been visiting the shrine here for over 700 years, climbing 777 winding steps to pay their respects to realistic, carved figures, denoting ancient gods.
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