The temples of Bagan, Myanmar

We arrived in Bagan and checked into a really nice hotel with a great view. I had read a bit about the area online, but this was my first view of what I was actually coming to visit.

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Bagan is huge area in the middle of Myanmar that was the capital of the kingdom between the 11th and 13th centuries. During its heyday, over 10,000 temples were built, over 2,000 of which are still around in some form or another. The pointed stupas peak above the trees as far as you can see in every direction.

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We toured around the temples in the back of this fine buggy.

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Wind and water have ravaged the interiors of the temples, but a few have remnants of the incredible colours that used to cover everything.

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Quite a few people seem to live around the temples.

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There’s still enough of a local community to keep a few temples in active use.

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