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Bagan (Mandalay district)


Sights, an impossible collection of thousands of temples and monuments scattered over a vast plain. The buildings range in condition from ruined to resplendent, although many retain the power and majesty their devout designers intended. Most of the structures were built between the 10th and 12th centuries when Bagan was the capital of the First Burmese Empire. Regrettably, many temples have suffered under the government’s ham-fisted attempts at restoration. The temples can best be viewed via bicycle which allows for a self-directed exploration as bike trails link all the temples. Sunset is prime time in Bagan as locals and visitors alike head for the highest temples to enjoy the magnificent sunsets over the stupa-dotted plain.

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