Bagan or Pagan when Myanmar was Burma.

Bagan is one of many of the ancient capitals of Burma.   Boasting literally 1000s of temples and pagodas spread over a vast area on both sides of the Irrawaddy.    Denied World Heritage Status until July 2019 due to some of the restoration techniques used, and the fact that “The Generals” keep building bigger and better monuments to ensnare preferential treatment, for them selves, in the next life.    Both are strict no-nos in the bureaucratic world of UNESCO !!

Two days here.  The first was largely wasted due a tip to visit a lacquer factory and attempts to be coerced into buying very expensive (beautiful – agreed) lacquer-ware.   I resisted as am still trying to work out where to put the lacquer-ware that I bought back from Cambodia.   De-cluttering and all that !!

So lots of impressive ruined temples etc amid a sea of smiling, happy people.     Amazing considering !!    The power  of Buddhism I guess !?!?!

I will combine photos from both days so excuse the odd sunset that may appear in the middle !

Back to the boat for lunch and a very entertaining Elephant dance (No elephant but 2 strapping kids pretending to be one!)

So lots of impressive ruined temples etc amid a sea of smiling, happy people.     Amazing considering !!    The power  of Buddhism I guess !?!?!

Please note the “No Kicking Buddha” rule amongst others ! I will combine photos from both days so excuse the odd sunset that may appear in the middle !

More to follow……..

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