Perhaps no town in Burma exudes more intrigue than Bagan. You can’t help but be fascinated by all the temples and ruins that dot the landscape. They surely are a marvel to look at. And to even think there were 13000 of these relics standing in the city at one point surely makes you wonder how Bagan looked like back then. Well, there’s no way to go back in the past, but what we can do is marvel at the present and use our imagination a bit and wonder how things were like 700 or so years ago.
During that time, Bagan became a center for Buddhist studies and attracted people from all over, even as far as India and Sri Lanka. As time went, the city continued to grow and prosper, as evident by the growing number of temples and monasteries. The city, however was sacked by the Mongols in 1287 but despite that, it continued to flourish as a place of Buddhist scholarship.
The city’s central location in the country along the banks of the Irrawaddy River certainly adds the already scenic nature of Bagan. One way to explore the temple rich city is by hot air balloon. And to polish the experience even more, try it during the morning! Others explore the relics by horsecart. Not only does this offer a charming method of discovering the temple rich city, but it also preserves Bagan’s ancient structures.
As we know by now, the city holds the record for having the most temple ruins in the world. Currently there are about 2200 still standing today, in many states of repair. And just to think there were about 6.5 times more around the 13th century. And all this in an area of about 35 square kilometers! This certainly makes for splendid viewing!
A visit to Myanmar is incomplete if Bagan is left out of the itinerary. This is certainly the cradle of Burmese culture and heritage. Discover one of the less visited and perhaps one of the most exotic countries out there in complete luxury as you travel Myanmar in Style. We of course, have Bagan in the itinerary. How can we miss out on it?
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