If you open a magazine and turn to a travel feature about Myanmar, then chances are you’ll be looking at a photo of Bagan. This ancient city is made up of thousands of temples, scattered as far as the eye can see. About 10,000 temples were built here between the 11th and 13th centuries, and around 2,200 remain. The Bagan Archaeological Zone is the main attraction for the country’s growing tourism industry. It’s an unmissable place, and I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere else.
I visited the Bagan plains for the first time at sunset. I watched the sun slowly descend behind the temple silhouettes, which was a very beautiful and peaceful experience. There are many different temples you can visit to watch the sunset, but I visited the Shwesandaw Pagoda.
This one was teeming with tourists, which I wasn’t expecting, but it didn’t really spoil the experience for me. The view is so incredible that I didn’t notice how many people were around. And I was still able to find quiet spots where I could sit and relax to watch the sunset.
I returned to the Bagan plains the next morning on a scooter and spent a full day exploring some of the larger temples. My next blog post will feature pictures from this day, so please check back to make sure you don’t miss out on those.
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