Myanmar is a country that has never come out from dictatorship, but still resists and maintains that spiritual and mystic aura that I haven’t found in nearby territories that I’ve explored.
If there’s a place in ex Burma that transmits that sensation, it’s Bagan, the ancient kingdom of Pagan, the largest concentration of sacred buildings in the world: more than 2,000 Buddhist temples, stupas, and pagodas.
The history of Bagan
Bagan was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan between the 9th and 13th century, in the period between 1047 and 1287 where the sovereigns of Bagan ordered the construction of more than 10,000 temples; the result was a plain full of pagodas and stupas spread out as far as the eye can see over a territory of 15 square kilometers. [Read more…]