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“In the distance I saw the pagodas for which it is renowned. They loomed, huge, remote and mysterious out of the mist of the early morning like the vague recollections of a fantastic dream”. Such were the first impressions noted by Somerset Maugham when he first arrived at Bagan. Several thousands of pagodas and temples in various sizes and conditions scattered around on the plain and appearing out of the mist. But in its heydays, in the two centuries from 1057 and until the Mongol forces of Kublai Khan Overrun Bagan and destroyed most of it in 1287, Bagan is famous for its lacquer wares and there are many workshops worth visiting to observe the work and buy good quality lacquer. An hour's drive will reach Mt. Popa.


Ayeyarwady River flows serenely by the Shwezigon Pagoda, that glitters in the evening sun. The Pagoda was not finished by King Anawrahta but his successor King Kyansittha, the firstly elected King of Myanmar finished in 1077AD.On this golden domed pagoda, a pavilion can be seen with carved scenes of the Jataka tales.


Dhamanyangyi Temple, regarded as the most massive brick structure in Bagan Temple was built by King Narathu. The mortar holding the bricks is so thin and barely visible but so strong that even during earthquakes the temple remained unscathed. Narathu was said to cut off the hands of masons who applied too thick a layer of mortar.


This is one of the most beautiful temples, built by King Kyansit-tha in 1090 AD. The corridors are lined with glazed-clay plaques portraying scenes from jataka tales and the Buddha’s life. Of its four 32ft (9.7m) high wooden images, those on the north and south are originals. The other two are replacements made more than two-hundred years ago after the originals were destroyed by fire or theft.


The 37 nats, man-like spirits each believed up to these days to have special significance in ordinary people’s life, are intervened with many aspects of how religion is practiced in Myanmar. In many village temples, for example you may find nat images side by side with Buddha images. It is considered very important to keep the nats happy and not offend them in any way, unless you want them to cause problems for you.


A little farther from the outskirts of Bagan is Salay with an all - teak monastery famous for its wood carvings and the magnificent Myanmar ancient architecture using enormous teak logs.


Trading town and a religious city famous for its trading, portraying their wealth at building enormous pagodas and monasteries. Can visit as a day return trip from Bagan also proceeding to Pakhan.