Myanmar – Part 8 – Bagan

Myanmar – Part 8 – Bagan

Bagan is an incredible archaeological site, in the class of the Giza Pyramids, Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, but is not nearly as well known. In a flat plain of approximately 30 square miles (78 square kilometers) on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, there are over 2,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas, monuments and other structures. While this is an incredible number, there were over 10,000 built between AD 1057 and 1287 during the first Myanmar kingdom. The number has reduced over the years primarily because of ransacking by invading armies and…continue reading →
Myanmar – Part 7 – Mandalay

Myanmar – Part 7 – Mandalay

Overview Since I was child, I thought of Mandalay as an exotic city, even though I did not know anything about it. Before I finally visited it, I expected it had centuries-old-housing stock and ancient ruins, similar to Kathmandu. When I finally arrived on this journey, I had the same surprise as when I went to Casablanca and discovered that almost all of the buildings were constructed in the twentieth century. Surrounded by ancient capitals, Mandalay was built in only 1857 when the Konbaung dynasty (1752 to 1885, the last one before total…continue reading →