Two days in Bagan…
We saw our fair share of Buddhist architecture at Inle Lake, but nothing could prepare us for the amount of temples, pagodas and monasteries that Bagan had to offer!
Day 262 – Wednesday 8th February 2017
We arrived at Golden Rose Guesthouse in Bagan at 04:30 this morning, then managed to blag ourselves another ridiculously early check in at no additional cost before going straight to sleep.
By the time we were up and ready it was already gone midday and we didn’t know where to go or what to do, so turned right our of our hostel and hoped for the best. Luckily our decision paid off, and we managed to accidentally stumble upon Kyan-Sit-Thar Umin (the cave of Kyanzitta, where we weren’t allowed to take any photographs) and the Schwezigon Pagoda, which has recently been renovated after suffering damage at the hands of an earthquake last year:
In the afternoon our only stop was at another small pagoda which had no official name, but was marked as “sunset point” on an old map that we found. When we got there we noticed that the gate was locked, but also spotted a man with a set of keys, so sweetened him up by checking out his paintings before he opened up and let us climb on to the roof:
We arrived a little early but waited around until 18:00 when the sun started to go down, and the views of Bagan were so worth the wait:
It’s funny how the sun goes down every single day yet still manages to amaze us every single time, and I guess the fact that we were in Myanmar on top of sacred tower just added to the experience!
Day 263 – Thursday 9th February 2017
We knew that there was a lot to see and do today so made our first stop a rather sensible one, at a rental place, where we hired an e-bike each for the day:
It’s estimated that there are around two thousand two hundred temples, pagodas and monasteries in Bagan, so we weren’t short of things to do. I think we probably visited about fifteen altogether, and took a ridiculous amount of photographs, but here’s a few of my favorites:
We stopped so many times at so many different places that I actually lost track of where we had or hadn’t been, but we definitely managed to fit in all of the main tourist spots. In terms of appearance one place really stood out for me though, and that was the Bagan Golden Palace where we stopped for lunch. Look at this:
We very nearly called it a day beforehand but couldn’t resist another sunset while we had the chance, so this time climbed up on to the roof of a temple and watched our day draw to an end:
Began is a place of endless beauty, and we’re so grateful to have been able to come here. Two days is all we had time for though, it’s time to get packing again tomorrow!