Founded in 849AD on the dusty banks of the Irrawaddy River, Bagan sprawls across central Myanmar and is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in all of Asia. The plains of Bagan are home to around 2200 temples, stupas and pagodas of varying shapes and sizes. In its heyday, in the 13th century, there were over 4000 temples, stupas and pagodas, many of which were covered in gold giving visitors of the day a not-so subtle clue as to the kingdom’s wealth and power.

Today’s visitor can only imagine what it would have been like in the 13th century but enough temples remain to provide an amazing spectacle, even today. One of the highlights of a visit to Myanmar and most memorable for its tranquillity and the sheer scale of it all.

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