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Bagan, Bagan Myanmar, Bagan Travel Guide & Tours
Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar from the 9th to 13th centuries. From the very first time, Bagan was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom and boasted more than 10,000 Buddhist temples. About the name Bagan, Bagan is the modern pronunciation of the Burmese word Puga. This name also has many other meanings based on its classical Pali name such as Arimaddana-pura - the City that Tramples on Enemies, Tattadesa - The Parched Land or Tammadipa - The Bronzed Countr. The history of Bagan can be divided into three periods: 9th to 13th centuries, 14th to 19th centuries and 20th century to nowadays.
From the very first day in the 9th and 10th centuries, Bagan was the capital of the Pagan Empire and famous for more than 10,000 religious monuments. Till 1287, when the Mongol invaded and overthrown the Pagan, Bagan became a small town.
The period from 14th to 19th centuries was seemingly the most stable period in the history of Bagan with no vicissitudes except the trickle growing of temple quantity (about 200).
In exchange, from the 20th century to nowadays, Bagan has changed much. After more than 400 recorded earthquakes from 1904 to 1975, the number of temples in Bagan has been reduced greatly and now as we see today, Bagan can only stores about 2,200 temples among more than 10,000 in its giant collection.
Bagan lies in the dry zone of Myanmar. The average temperature is quite high, about 30oC and 35oC in summer.
About the views in Bagan, there are so many things you can see and do in this heaven of temple. With more than 2,000 Buddhist temples, Bagan will satisfy your travelling desires and it will take you much time to explore. The architectural style of the temples in Bagan can be divided into two types: stupa-style and gu-style hollow temple. Some prominent samples of stupa-style temple in Bagan are Shwezigon Pagoda, Bupaya and Dhammayazika… The temples following this style will have a high stupa at the top and spiral. About the second style, the gu-style hollow temple consists of two types: one-faced and four-faced temple. Some examples we can mention are Gawdawpalin Temple and Dhammayangyi Temple. Some five-faced temples and hybrids are also appeared.
Ananda Temple, Htilominlo Temple and Bupaya are three of the most notable names in Bagan that you must visit when discovering this plain of temples. There are thousands of temples more are waiting for you in Bagan...
Tips: There are many ways to enjoy the views of Bagan, by bike, motorbike or on your foot but the most interesting and the best way is standing on the top of a randomized temple and take a pictures of the whole view, you can see the incredible differences. Let try and enjoy!
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