More than 2.000 Buddhist temples are still in the valley of Bagan, out of the original 10.000 built between 11th and 13th centuries when the Kingdom of Pagan was at its peak.
We spent two days exploring the area with bicycles, including an half-day trip to Mount Popa.
Mount Popa is a mountain with yet another temple on it. The whole mountain is considered holy and it’s a a place where nat spirits are worshiped. Beautiful on paper, the whole experience was disappointing. Climbing up the stairs barefoot, required by the holiness of the place. was disgusting. The stairs were dirty, wet because of the rain and monkeys were throwing leftovers around. In such a day the view from the top was just a white cloud all around us.
The valley of Bagan was a real marvel. A place to get lost hopping from one temple to another. Climbing up on them, taking pictures like there’s no tomorrow.
Words are too limiting, here are the pictures and I hope you’ll also feel a bit Baganized.