Myanmar part 2: The 2000 temples of Bagan

After spending a day on the Irrawaddy River, we finally arrived at Bagan, the highlight of our Myanmar trip.

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Bagan was the capital of the Burman kingdom and saw 55 different rulers, up until 1287 when Qūbilai Khān (the grand-son of Gengis Khān) took the city and left it abandoned.

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During its golden years under king Anawratha, the 42 square-kilometers city was believe to have more than 4 000 temples. Earthquake and Irrawaddy floods progressively destroyed one-third of them.

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Today, this Unesco site counts 2217 pagodas, temples and stupas built between the XI and the XIII century and is literally breathtaking. We rented bicycles for 2 days to discover it, and words can’t describe how incredible and memorable navigating between those countless history witnesses procured us.

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The story in pictures:

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We started with Shwezigon pagoda: nothing new there

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But then we started discovering new temples literally every 10 meters

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Some of them are truly monumental. This is Dhammayangyi temple, the biggest one of Bagan

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We discovered some small villages between the temples

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Thomas and I getting spiritual 

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Bagan is absolutely incredible at sunset

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Negotiating for some presents

Bagan is also about exploring

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We could climb some of temples…

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…often to discover awesome sceneries

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Even if there is no stairs

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Enjoying the view from up there

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Let’s play were is Thomas – he’ll send a postcard to the first one who spots him

Bicycles don’t prevent incidents:

As per usual, a mechanical incident occurred with the bike as I was pedaling back from a sunset viewpoint, but I find some nice Swiss persons to take me on their horse carriage and bring me back to the city with my broken bicycle.

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Overall, Bagan itself made going to Myanmar worth it!

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