Puglia and Basilicata Italy 2013

Puglia and Basilicata Italy 2013

Puglia and Basilicata Italy 2013 Puglia and Basilicata Italy 2013

Peru 2014

Peru - Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lima 2014

Peru 2014 Peru 2014

Cambodia and Burma 2014

Cambodia and Burma July 2014

Cambodia and Burma 2014 Cambodia and Burma 2014

Turkey 2012

Visiting Turkey; Istanbul and Ephesus in 2012

Turkey 2012 Turkey 2012

Vietnam & Bangkok 2009

Vietnam & Bangkok- 17 days July 2009

Vietnam & Bangkok 2009 Vietnam & Bangkok 2009

Morocco 2012

Morocco; Marrakech, Fez, Volubilis, Meknes and Casablanca in October of 2012

Morocco 2012 Morocco 2012

Japan 2011

Sushi, Shrines and Shinkansen; 8 Days in Tokyo and Kyoto in April 2011

Japan 2011 Japan 2011

Rome 2009

Mozzarella, Museums & Macchiato; A Week in Rome, October 2009

Rome 2009 Rome 2009

Visiting the Temples of Bagan Myanmar-Part 2

by wired2theworld on February 3, 2016

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You thought we were done with temples with the last post? Oh noooo…not yet. Not with over 2000 temples in Bagan. Don’t worry, we didn’t see all of them in our 2 days there, but here are a few more we visited and enjoyed.

At the end of the first day, we walked over Shwesandaw Pagoda, also known as the “Sunset” temple because of the stunning views of the surrounding countryside, including the sun setting over the river in the distance.

Shwesandaw Pagoda, Bagan's Sunset Temple

View from Shwesandaw Pagoda, Bagan’s Sunset Temple

Shwesandaw Pagoda, Bagan's Sunset Temple

View from Shwesandaw Pagoda, Bagan’s Sunset Temple

Shwesandaw Pagoda, Bagan's Sunset Temple

Shwesandaw Pagoda, Bagan’s Sunset Temple. See the people climbing up the side? We did that too! And yes, you have to leave your shoes at the bottom.

Bagan Sunset Dust Storm Small

While we were there, a crazy dust storm rolled in, followed by crazy wind and rain.

David at Shwesandaw Pagoda, Bagan's Sunset Temple

David at Shwesandaw Pagoda, Bagan’s Sunset Temple

Another of the more interesting temple complexes was Manuha temple. It was a large space which had some sort of festival or event going on in which people were cooking, serving food to others, and eating. It’s also home to a gigantic reclining Buddha who lives in a very small enclosure.

Manuha Temple

Manuha Temple

Manuha Temple

Manuha Temple

Manuha Temple

Manuha Temple

Manuha Temple

Manuha Temple. Think it was hot in there? Look at that face…

Manuha Temple

Manuha Temple, feeding the masses.

Thatbyinnyu Temple was another large one (ok, by now they are all starting to blend together). One thing I do remember was a large sign, in English, in the courtyard (seen below) stating that there was wifi there. Ah promises, promise. Alas, it was not to be.

Thatbyinnyu Temple

Thatbyinnyu Temple

Thatbyinnyu Temple

Thatbyinnyu Temple

Thatbyinnyu Temple

Thatbyinnyu Temple, where kids are kids, in any culture (playing a hand held video game).

Thatbyinnyu Temple

Thatbyinnyu Temple

Bagan Water Jars

Drinks by the side of the road? The jars filled with water were everywhere.

Lacquerware Vendor

Lacquerware Vendor-I bought several gorgeous lacquered bamboo bracelets from her, almost as gorgeous as she was.

Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi Temple, built in 1215

Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi Temple

 

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Visiting the Temples in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)- Part 1

January 26, 2016
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Nobody warned me about the bats… All temples in Myanmar must be visited barefoot. It doesn’t matter how hot it is outside or how wet and slippery the marble tiles are, you are to leave your shoes at the entrance (or bottom of a temple you climb) or carry them with you. It also doesn’t […]

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Hotel Tharabar Gate and Dining out in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

January 9, 2016
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Because we arrived so early (7:30 am) in Bagan, we had two full days and two nights there. We’d hired a driver for our first day there ($35 for the day) and he picked us up at the airport and brought us first to our hotel, the Hotel Tharabar Gate. We were able to check […]

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Getting from Siem Reap to Burma, an Airport Hotel, and Yangon Airways

December 7, 2015
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As I mentioned in my intro post, getting from Siem Reap to Burma, and specifically Bagan where we wanted to go first, was a chore. When I was planning, there were no non stop flights between Siem Reap and anywhere in Burma. The only option was for us to fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok […]

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Koh Ker Treks and Guesthouse

November 30, 2015
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We spent the night up in Koh Ker and while we were there we did a tour with Koh Ker Treks. This organization is run by two PLF graduates from Koh Ker School, Dieb and Ty. They grew up in Koh Ker village among all the local ruins and know the area intimately. Before going […]

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Koh Ker School, Cambodia and the Ponheary Ly Foundation

September 19, 2015
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One of the reasons we came to Cambodia on this trip was to check in with the Ponheary Ly Foundation, a wonderful non-profit we’ve been involved with for many years now. In fact, you can read about our previous trips to Cambodia and the time we’ve spent with the PLF here; 2002 (when we first met […]

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Dining Out in Siem Reap Cambodia

June 19, 2015
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There are literally hundreds of restaurants in Siem Reap, and for the most part, we ate well, and for not much money. Below are a few of the highlights. Across from the Old Market is the iconic colonial Cafe Central (photo above). We sat outside and enjoyed a view of the market and the passers-by, as well […]

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Siem Reap’s Tchey School Media Center (Ponheary Ly Foundation)

June 12, 2015
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On one of our days in Siem Reap we took a tuk tuk ride out to Tchey school, one of the schools the PLF supports, to check in on the students working on a project in the school’s Media Center. The regular classes were not in session that day, but the dedicated students who were […]

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