Bagan temples at dawn
Bagan temples at dawn

Bagan

Bagan is popularly considered the most important site in the history of Myanmar, and the most remarkable tourist attractions in the country. The vast plain of Bagan by the Ayeyardwady River is littered with over 2,000 Buddhist Pagodas and Stupas stretching all the way to the horizon...At dawn and at dusk,  the whole plain of Bagan is covered in light mist making it more of an unreal beauty...

Bagan Myanmar
Bagan Myanmar

 

The Kingdom of Bagan started in the 8th century. In the 11th century, King Anawrahta (1044-77) conquered the once independent states and brought them under his rule: Bagan entered its heyday of prosperity and power. The King then introduced Theravada Buddhism into Myanmar. And thanks to the growth of the economy and wealth, thousands of pagodas were built in the plain of Bagan in between the 11th and 13th centuries... In late 13th century, Bagan started its decline after the invasion by the Mongols and the capital city of Myanmar was moved to Pinya and then to Inwa.

Apart from the spectacular pagodas and shrines, Bagan is also known for its lacquer-ware business which supplies souvenirs to most shops throughout Myamar and goods for exports. Visiting Bagan, you can also visit the nearby peaceful villages to learn more about the daily life of the locals. Else, you can travel for 15km south of Bagan (by road or by boat) along the Ayeyardwady River to visit Salay, an ancient town dating back from the Bagan era. There is also a  national park 50km south-east of Bagan, which is also home to Mount Popa – the center of spirits worshiping in Myanmar.