Bagan and the 2 thousand Buddhist temples

Yes… there presently around two thousand temples that survive from the ten thousand build between the 9th and the 13th centuries, during the Pagan Kingdom (later changed to Bagan), which territory is more or less what is now Myanmar.

Despite being located on the banks of Irrawaddy River, Bagan is located in a very dry and hot area, where the scarce vegetation leads us to a savanna landscape. The intense sun and the temperatures above 30 degrees intensify this feeling, pushing the visitors to move around during early morning or close to the sunset, leaving the hot hours of the day to chill at the room or take a nap.

With the sunset the landscape gets a special touch when the last sunrays light the ground, enhancing the rusty color of the soil. This is one of the most appreciated moments, attracting the visitors is the search of an accessible rooftop or an easy climbing temple to appreciate the show. It’s a stress moment, with the best places already taken by the tour groups and excursions, with crowds climbing the steep and narrow staircases, and people pushing to reach the best spots, handling selfie sticks.

It’s a challenge and a good excuse to explore the endless number of temples and find “your” place… that maybe need to be shared with other people 😉

With the sunrise comes the quietest moment of the day, and also the most inspiring, with the mist slowly coming out from the vegetation, creating a layer of unreal atmosphere that evolve the flat landscape, where the temples and pagodas stand out.

But despite the tourist cliché, the sunset and sunrise at Bagan offer beautiful moments, where is nice just to sit and enjoy the magic moment, surrounded by an almost unreal landscape where the red color of the walls of the temples, pops up from the green dry vegetation.

Stone carving with traditional "kanot" decoration. Bagan, Mayanmar
Stone carving with traditional “kanot” decoration that cover most of the temple walls. Bagan, Mayanmar
Bagan, Myanmar
… but Bagan doesn’t attract just foreigner tourist, being also a importante place for pilgrimage between burmese Buddhist, coming from different parts of the country
Sunrise at Bagan, Myanmar
Sunrise at Bagan with the mist comes out from the vegetation, giving a fairytale atmosphere to the landscape
fresco inside on of Bagan temples
Murals and “frescos” inside on of Bagan temples, always with representation of Buddha’s life, preserved by the darkness that envolve the corridors inside the temples. Sulamani Temple, Bagan
During the afternoon the landscape is wrapped in a layer of mist resulting from the heat. Bagan, Myanmar
During the afternoon the landscape is wrapped in a layer of mist resulting from the heat, dimming the contours of the pagodas

Bagan, Myanmar
Most of the temples follow the same arquitecture, with the core formed by a square surrounded by corridors of high ceilings, occupied by pigeons, at each side of the square there’s a Buddha statue facing a gate to the outside. Sulamani Temple
Stone carving decorating he entrance of a temple, Bagan
Stone carving decorating the entrance of a temple, Bagan
Bagan, Myanmar
Decoration inside on of the Bagan temples
Bagan, Myanmar
Almost all the Buddha statues are covered with gold, shinning with the faint light of the interior of the temples
Bagan, Myanmar
One of the four main Buddha’s statues at Ananda Temple, one of the most important of Bagan
Bagan, Myanmar
Bagan, Myanmar
Selling sweets at the entrance of one temple
Selling sweets at the entrance of one of Bagan temples
Bagan, Myanmar
Bagan, Myanmar
Bagan, Myanmar
Bagan, Myanmar
Donation box at temples entrance, Bagan, Myanmar
Donation box at temples entrance, Bagan, Myanmar
Sunset at Bagan, Myanmar
Sunset at Bagan, Myanmar

 

Sunset at Bagan, Myanmar
Sunset at Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan… eat, sleep and move around

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