Bagan BurmaBurma Bagan
Antique city of temples in Myanmar
Bagan, an old town on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar, Burma, was once home to over 13,000 brickwork shrines dating from the ninth to the thirteenth century. In the course of the ages most churches were damaged by earthquake, people or age. In the archaeological zone of Bagan around the old town of Bagan, however, there are still about 2,300 monasteries covering an area of 40 sqkm.
There are many visitors to old Bagan who compared the old town to the Angkor Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which was founded in the twelfth cen. before. They are both sensational and definitely something to see. There is Angkor in the jungles, while Bagan is dryer and on a vast flat.
It has many more people, but Bagan is likely to gain ground as Myanmar is now more open to travel. Located over 400 northeast of Yangon and 170 northeast of Mandalay, Bagan is not the easiest destination unless you are on an Irrawaddy River Cross.
A number of cruising routes are visiting Bagan, and I was visiting this astonishing old town....MORE from the Avalon Myanmar 36-passenger Avalon Waterways riverboat on a trip from Bagan to Bhamo in the north of Myanmar. Although the temple in the archaeological site of Bagan is very old, it is important for the visitor to recall that the Myanmar tribe considers this place holy.
In February 2016, when we were told there that an increased number of people visited the temple caused an rise in acts of violence and behaviour such as nocturnal celebrations in the temple. Respect this wonderful place so that believing Burmese like the kid in the picture above can still be enthusiastic about the Temple when he is a mature man.
Please take a look at these 32 pictures of Bagan I took during a tour with Avalon Waterways.