Built from the 9th to the 13th century as the capital of the First Bamar Kingdom, Bagan is one of the most epic ancient landscapes ever created by man. Over the years various Kings tried to put their stamp on the area by sponsoring projects to build massive monuments to their Therevada Buddhist Faith. The first of the great kings Anawrahta conquered the Mon kingdom in the south and brought back their Tripitaka scriptures and adopted their new form of Therevada Buddhism. It finally ended in 1287 when the Burmese army was defeated by Kublai Khan after refusing to pay tribute.
In those couple of hundred years they managed to do quite a bit of work. Its literally temple after temple all the way into the distance and barely another tourist in sight. Three to four thousand temples and monuments altogether- depending on who counts. Small and large they dot a plain next to the mighty Irrawaddy river. It’s an atmospheric place to be, especially as the sun is setting and you can see from one of the higher spots all out over the plain.
Anyway words – and photos – can’t do justice to this wonderous place. Everybody should make this top of their to go list. For the people that cant go I’ve got a few photos.