Visiting the Temples of Bagan Myanmar-Part 2

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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