Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Stupefying stupas

Pagodas are the Monros of Myanmar and bagging them in Bagan is on every traveller's list.

From 1044 to 1287, Bagan was the capital as well as the political, economic and cultural heart of the Empire that later became unified as Myanmar. Over the course of 250 years, Bagan's rulers and their wealthy subjects constructed over 10,000 religious monuments (approximately 1000 stupas, 10,000 small temples and 3000 monasteries)in an area of 104 square kilometres.

Over three days I zipped around sandy tracks on my Chinese-import e-bike bagging pagodas and chasing sunsets.  It is impossible to visit them all but the challenge is addictive.  Every stupa has its own personality. Some are surrounded by souvenir hawkers,  some contain huge glittering Buddhas. Others are eerily quiet and many are simple small personal shrines.


  1. Fantastic photos. I want a pagoda!

  2. I am glad you found a better Wednesday's child to follow. This post was really interesting. Love Megan