Bagan is an ancient city located in central Burma/Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 4,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.

 

 

Myanmar, Bagan: election day citizens lining up to vote
Myanmar, Bagan: interior Buddha statue is honored daily with flowers
Myanmar, Bagan: another distance view; there are about 2200 temples, shrines and stupas in Bagan
Myanmar, Bagan: golden spire of a large temple
Myanmar, Bagan: very elaborate brick entry
Myanmar, Bagan: another view of near and distant temples
Myanmar, Bagan: view of near and distant temples
Burma, Bagan: women harvesting a crop
Myanmar, Bagan: Richard beside a huge temple
Myanmar, Bagan: a plaster and painted icon
Myanmar, Bagan: steeple on the elaborate temple
Myanmar, Bagan: details of the elaborate temple
Myanmar, Bagan: one of the most elaborate temples
Myanmar, Bagan: entry archway to a huge temple
Myanmar, Bagan: ancient interior frescoes are common
Myanmar, Bagan: another very large temple
Myanmar, Bagan: one of the largest temples
Myanmar, Bagan: local Burmese visitors
Myanmar, Bagan: local woman with typical facial decorations
Myanmar, Bagan: some temples are very large and elaborate
Myanmar, Bagan: some temples are very large and elaborate
Myanmar, Bagan: temples and shrines and pagodas
Myanmar, Bagan: some temples have beautiful statues
Burma, Bagan: side streets are mostly unpaved
Myanmar, Bagan: temple interior view
Myanmar, Bagan: temple view
Myanmar, Bagan: each temple has a specific name
Burma, Bagan: another main street with motorbikes, the most common means of personal transportation
Myanmar, Bagan: from the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom's height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 4,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.
Burma, Bagan: local transport; most people cannot afford motor vehicles
Burma, Bagan: local or tour buses
Myanmar, Bagan: welcome sign
Burma, Bagan: environmental poster
Burma, Bagan: Overlooking Irrawaddy River
Burma, Bagan: a main street with a commercial building
Burma, Bagan: tethered cow eating grass and weeds
Myanmar, Bagan: local house yard
Burma, Bagan: local house yard
Myanmar, Bagan: local village water delivery
Myanmar, Bagan: local village
Myanmar, Bagan: bicycles are the best way to travel between temples
Myanmar, Bagan: 2015 election winner Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in the general elections on 8 November. It was the country's first national vote since a nominally civilian government was introduced in 2011, ending nearly 50 years of military rule. The NLD will control the next parliament and can choose the next president.
Myanmar, Bagan: early morning balloon rides offer spectacular views of many temples
Myanmar, Bagan: early morning balloon rides offer spectacular views of many temples
Myanmar, Bagan: this photo was taken from the front steps of our hotel which was built inappropriately close to the historic monuments
Myanmar, Bagan: A new hotel where we stayed was unfortunately built only fifty meters away from some historic temples and stupas, inappropriately close; we suspect there was some corruption in the local bureaucracy
Myanmar, Bagan: early morning nuns going to their temple