“The number of pagodas in Bagan can be reckoned with the noises of rolling wheels on a cart.”
As the saying goes, Bagan, known as the first capital of the Burmese empire with the greatest monuments of the magnificent Buddhist architecture, seem to be overwhelmed by 2,00 of the monuments covering an area of 16 square miles on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwady River in Central Myanmar. Bagan serves as home to temples and buildings built from the 11th century to the 13th century. It is also known as the “sea of temples”. Some of these temples include Anada Temple, Thatbinnyu Temple, Htilominlo Temple, Myinkaba Gubyaukgyi Temple, and Shwezigon Pagoda among many others. Bagan is the most ideal destination for tourist to visit regardless of the time of the year. The amazing and unrivalled artifacts like stone scripts, votive tablets, wall and mural paintings, as well as stucco carvings are worth the trip to Bagan. The ceiling and the walls were full and flooded with paintings of Buddha images, 550 Jataka stories images of Gods and Brahmans, picture of Bagan people, their music and dance and animals with floral decorations.
These are said to be the very first attempts to make the Buddha’s teaching easy to understand. These pictures are expressive and are ready for common people to comprehend than reading letters. Visitors can embark on a spiritual and historical journey by going from one place to another as all the buildings are beautifully and uniquely designed. Bagan is also home to Myanmar’s archaeological museum, as well as the highly revered Mount Popa. Unlike other cities in Myanmar, Bagan does not experience rainy season so the climate there is always dry and humid. It is also the most fascinating place for visitors where they can enjoy sightseeing tour by car, horse cart or on a bicycle. Also they can have an idyllic Sunset over Bagan while enjoying a cold drink. In the evening, sunset boat trips from the jetty at Old Bagan are a popular way to experience the atmosphere of the river. The amazing balloon flights will give you’re the truly magical perspective on the ruins. Wherever you wander, though, glimpses of exquisitely proportioned stupas and temple towers are guaranteed, along with swirling Jataka murals in beautiful earthy red hues, and meditating Buddhas in dimly lit shrine chambers.