Chillin' in Bagan
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No night bars, no cafes, no cable tv, no malls, no dating scene ļæ½" how do you exactly āchillā in Bagan?
By simply taking the place for what it is, enjoying it for what it can offer, putting in your head that thereās more to traveling than looking for another sex-and-the-city adventure.
perhaps itās easier for me to appreciate Bagan as I am after all a
trained anthropologist and can thus enjoy walking through the ruins of
what was once the one of the mightiest empire in
that I didnāt get some temple fatigue.
That, however, was some fleeting fancy. How can I continue thinking of something as shallow as a cup of latte when Bagan is offering something more for the mind and the soul?
Bagan after all, in its glory days, was the capital of what was once one of the major centers of Theravada Buddhism in
Today, Bagan has been designated as an Archaeological Zone by the current military regime. Bagan is home to some 2,000 Buddhist temples - some of which are huge and glorious with its elaborate stonework, intricately designed murals and massive images of the Buddha.
One of the most important temples is the Shwezigon Pagoda. Like its counterpart in
If Shwezigon has such religious beginnings, another popular Bagan temple, the Dhammayangyi (which scholars say means The Light of Buddha's Teaching), has, in contrast, very evil history.
Another must see Bagan temple is Hitlominlo -the name is a misreading of the Pali word for āBlessings of the Three Worlds.ā Itās easy to spot Hitlominlo as itās one large temple situated near the main road. Hitlominlo was built by King Nantaungmya in 1218 and the king had it built, in this exact spot because it was here that he was chosen, from among five brothers, to be the crown prince.
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But the highlight of our trip to Bagan is spending one lazy afternoon at the Mingalarzedi ( the āBlessing Stupaā) - built in the 13th
century by King Narathihapati, one of the last temples to be built
before Bagan kingdom's decline and especially noted for its glazed tiles and fabulous brickwork.
After taking tons of pictures around its compound, we climbed to Mingalarzediās upmost terrace ļæ½" the best spot for a panoramic afternoon view of the ruins of the ancient city.