Bagan, Myanmar !

Bagan, previously known as Pagan, is the place where the heart of the country ancient architecture lies. It is located in the upper part of Myanmar and is the capital of Myanmar’s first dynasty. Here one will find more than 2,000 temples and stupas along the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwady river spreading in 42 square kilometers of a dessert like plain geographical location. It can be said that Bagan is the most memorable place for visitors coming to Myanmar. Some of the temples that one can visit are the Ananda Temple which is one of the few remaining examples of Mon architecture. Then there’s Dhammayangyi Temple, which  is one of the four major Bagan monuments and ranks alongside Shwezigon Pagoda, Ananda Temple and Thatbyinnyu Temple in importance. A visit to Bagan is incomplete without a trip to Mount Popa. It is considered as one of the most popular pilgrimage spots in Myanmar, Mount Popa is an extinct volcano where the Popa Taungkalat Monastery is found. Nightlife in Bagan consists of going to riverside restaurants, which are aplenty in the city. In these establishments, diners can watch the sunset over the Irrawaddy River. While sightseeing and pagoda visiting are major activities in Bagan, these are not the only things that draw visitors there. Bagan can be explored in more ways than one, and it simply is not enough to visit the sacred temples to fully appreciate what the city has to offer. The best way to take in the sights of Bagan is from an air balloon as one can see the monuments from a different perspective. The best time for air ballooning is just before sunrise or at sunset. Then there’s biking, one can have fun and stay active as they explore the villages and learn more about the locals. Hiking is another activity and another way to explore Bagan.

 

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