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Bagan

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Bagan is possibly the most impressive sight in South-East Asia, and one of the man-made wonders of the world. In two and half centuries of extraordinary religious fervor, between 1057 and 1287, thousands of Buddhist monuments and temples (as many as all European cathedrals) were built in the relatively small valley of the Ayeyarwaddy river. They range from soaring temples to small stupas, active temples to ruined buildings. Each of them has a different style and size, some have gilded domes, mural paintings, intricate carvings, and steep staircases leading to expansive views. Between the temples, rural life continues in the villages as it had for centuries. A hot air balloon ride over Bagan allows you to take in the vastness of the site.

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Sunrise over the plain doted with 2000 temples. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Pastel colors at dawn. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Receeding lines through the dawn mist. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Temples profiled against brilliant sunrise sky. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Innumerable temples seen from Mingalazedi. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Aerial view of ancient temples and hot air ballons at sunrise. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Temple seen from the air. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Aerial view of many temples set amongst fields. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Aerial view of Ananda temple. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Shwezigon Pagoda. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Htilominlo Pahto. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Fresco inside temple. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Novices praying in front of Shinbinthalyaung reclining Budddha head. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Young buddhist monks holding candles with eyes closed. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Novices lining up with alms bowls, Nyaung U. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Young Buddhist monks holding red sun umbrellas walk towards temple. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Ox carts and Tayok Pye temple. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Sheep herder in front of temple, Minnanthu village. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Infant sleeping in cradle in Nyaung U market. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Villager processing harvest. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Puppeteers. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Hot air balloons being inflated. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Top vent inside hot air balloon. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Crew inflates hot air balloons with propane burners. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Looking up inside hot air balloon. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Hot air balloons before take off. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Temples and hot air ballons at sunrise. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Hot air ballons above temples at sunrise. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Bagan tower and sun above morning mist. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Aerial view of ancient temples in sunrise mist. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Aerial view of backlit temple in mist. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Aerial view of Bagan archeological site. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Aerial view of temples, cultivated lands, and Ayeyarwaddy River. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Aerial view of a complex of temples. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Dense array of ancient temples. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Aerial view of ancient temples. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Aerial view of a small temple. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Aerial view of pagoda complex. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Small temple complex seen from above. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Aerial view of Dahmmayan Temple. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Hot air ballon and Thatbyinnyu temple. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Aerial view of landed hot air balloon. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Archeological area at sunset. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Dhammayazika Paya and mountains at dawn. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) View over temples from Mingalazedi. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Ancient sacred city seen from Dhammayazika. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Ananda and Thatbyinnyu pahtos. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Gilded temples seen from Dhammayazika. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Circular gold leaf-gilded stupa, Shwezigon Pagoda. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Umbrellas and main stupa, Shwezigon Pagoda. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Shwezigon Paya. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Novice at Shwezigon Paya. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) On steps of Shwesandaw Paya's upper terraces. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Dhammayazika Paya. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Stonework detail, Htilominlo Pahto. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Brickwork detail, Sulamani temple. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Corridor with frescoes and buddha statue, Sulamani temple. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Temple art, Sulamani. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) One of four monumental statues inside Ananda pahto. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) View from Shwesandaw. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Sunset from Shwesandaw. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Sunrise. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Ananda pahto , sunset. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Illuminated pahto, sunrise. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Temples seen from Shwesandaw at dusk. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Temples and Ayeyarwaddy River at dusk. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Palm tree and stupa at sunset. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Temples at dawn, including Ananda and Thatbyinnyu. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Thatbyinnyu temple at night. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Novices getting ready for lunch, Nyaung U. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Buddhist novices lining up to receive rice for lunch, Nyaung U. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Buddhist novices preparing for lunch, Nyaung U. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Novices in prayer before lunch, Nyaung U. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Buddhist novices pray at table before eating lunch, Nyaung U. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Young Buddhist monks in dining room. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Novices eat lunch, last meal of the day. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Buddhist Novices with red sun umbrellas on path near old stupas. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Novices holding red sun umbrellas walk from temple. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Four novices walk next to temple. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Five novices with red umbrellas walking below temple. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Novices standing with candles next to Shin Bin Thal Yaung reclining Budddha. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Young monks with candles worship Shin Bin Thal Yaung reclining Budddha. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Buddhist novices in temple illuminated with candles. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Five novices standing in circle inside temple with candles. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Group of buddhist novices holding candles. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Young buddhist novices holding candles. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Rural scene with cattle and peasants working in fields below pagodas. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Peasant and ox in field below pagodas. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Woman harvesting beans with backdrop of pagodas. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Child herding sheep in front of temple, Minnanthu village. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Sheep herding at sunset, Minnanthu village. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Ox cart riding in front of Tayok Pye temple. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Cattle herd in front of Tayok Pye temple. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Man riding ox cart, Mingun village. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Bagan airport. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Children driving tractor, Minnanthu village. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Man in one-room photo lab. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Burmese woman offering food. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Older burmese woman and child. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Young burmese woman and child. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Woman making a lacquer bowl,  Mingun village. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Women selling wood ground to make thanaka. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Vendor and scale, Nyaung U market. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Infant with face covered in thanaka paste. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Woman and infant. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Unloading jars on the Ayeyarwaddy River. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Sandy banks of Ayeyarwaddy River with villagers washing clothes. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Ayeyarwaddy River and tour boat at dusk. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Traditional dance and musical performance. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Dancers in traditional costume. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Traditional Musicians during puppet show. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Burmese string puppet show. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Marionettes handled by puppeteers. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Backlit colorful sun umbrellas. Bagan, Myanmar ( color) Umbrella store at night. Bagan, Myanmar ( color)
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