Southeast Asia and Japan / Shwezigon Pagoda
Myanmar
Shwezigon Pagoda
Southeast Asia and Japan / The Road to Mandalay
Myanmar
The Road to Mandalay
Southeast Asia and Japan / Ananda Temple
Myanmar
Ananda Temple
Southeast Asia and Japan / Dhammayangyi Temple
Myanmar
Dhammayangyi Temple
Southeast Asia and Japan / Hot Air Ballooning
Myanmar
Hot Air Ballooning
Southeast Asia and Japan / Ananda Temple
Myanmar
Ananda Temple

Bagan

Bagan was the capital of the first Burmese empire, a magnificent Buddhist city that reached its zenith between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. In its heyday it contained some 13,000 temples, and it was said to be the greatest religious city that ever existed. Marco Polo visited Bagan in 1298 and wrote of its temples: "Really, they do form one of the finest sights in the world, so exquisitely finished are they."

Today, some 2,200 of those exquisite temples remain, spread out across a plain on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Visitors to Bagan will have an opportunity to tour a number of temples including the cityâ's most famous, Shwezigon Pagoda, which is home to a magnificent gilded stupa where relics of Gautama Buddha are said to be enshrined. Visitors will also travel to nearby Mount Popa, which from its summit offers a spectacular view out over Bagan. While there, they will also visit a shrine dedicated to the worship of the thirty-seven Nats, the Burmese ancient animist spirits.

Time in Bagan will also feature a visit to a Burmese village and a chance to take a local boat down the Irrawaddy River.

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