We cannot understand what has happened to Bagan and why one of Southeast Asia's most prosperous cities has fallen into oblivion. This may have been due to Mongol invasions, possibly due to threats from China. But whatever the case, historians agree that by the end of the 13th century, residents here had fled from destruction, leaving behind countless temples and palaces.
|Thousands of Temples and Pagodas scattered on Bagan Plain|
Bagan was the capital of ancient Burma, located on the northern bank of the peaceful Irrawaddy River. There are thousands of temples, pagodas, and stupas spread over an area of over 20 square kilometers. It is very difficult for us to know exactly how many temples and shrines there are, and the architecture, appearance, and scale of these buildings are also varied and distinctive.
Wooden buildings have disappeared, but temples, palaces, and monasteries built of stone are still alive today and surprisingly all are in very good condition. Standing on top of the towers, you can see the view of peaceful but vast space with many great religious architectures. This is also a convenient location for you to admire the bright sunshine or the soothing afternoon in Bagan.
The towers rising from the bush are very representative and impressive images you can see in Bagan. History writes that about four centuries after the time residents fled, the city was completely deserted. It is thought to be haunted and people try to avoid this as far away as possible. Therefore, during this time, between temples are just empty spaces.
One of the most interesting things about Bagan is that it is still quite deserted and there are not many tourists. Therefore, you can freely explore this land slowly and enjoy the pristine, tranquility that very few places can get.
Renting a bike and strolling around the area to explore ancient temples is a great choice. You can feel the comfort and coolness inside these buildings. The noise of the outside world will completely disappear and the Buddha statues will take you to the deep spiritual realms where you find yourself. Somewhere, you can also see old faded paintings on the walls or the ceiling or the remnants of the religion once flourished here. Note that you should leave shoes outside if you do not want to offend the indigenous people.
Shwezigon Temple, Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi and Thatbyinnyu are the most popular destinations in Bagan. Find a guide and ask them to take you to visit the temples. One of them, Shwezigon Temple still preserves the relics of the Buddha.
Today, people still pray regularly at ancient temples. Even though it was built thousands of years ago, the temples in Bagan have not lost their sacred and special attribute in the mind of local people, and this is really a bridge between humans and gods. A tranquil, quiet Bagan contains many mysterious and interesting things is still waiting to be discovered.