It’s hard to convey in words the experience of being surrounded by the temples of Bagan. But we’ll try…
Think. Hundreds upon hundreds of brick-red and honey-colored pagodas shimmering in the baking sun.
Feel the dust kicked up by horse-drawn buggies carrying shutter-happy tourists around the parched Bagan plains. Eye more massive Buddha statues inside temples – standing, sitting, reclining – than you ever thought possible.
Now imagine the “gilded city alive with tinkling bells and the swishing sounds of monks’ robes” that Marco Polo once encountered here.
Temples of Bagan – “One of the finest sites in the world”
This is the ancient city of Bagan – and it’s entrancing.
Marco Polo called Bagan “one of the finest sites in the world.”
So what’s the story of this city, the remnants of which rival Angkor Wat in their splendor?
From the 9th to the 13th centuries, Bagan was the capital of the kingdom of Pagan, the center of the country now known as Myanmar (Burma). During this time, its kings built thousands of pagodas, temples and Buddhist monasteries (up to 10,000). Today, about 4,000 remain.
The temples of Bagan are certainly one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world we’ve ever seen.
We hope these photos of ours impart some of the mystery and beauty of these remarkable temples.