🌟A Golden Past🌟
A few years ago, I had a mind-changing trip to Myanmar. The country only started to open up for tourism but by no means was as popular as the other Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia or Thailand. I am very thankful that it was my then teenage daughter, who strongly recommended us to visit Myanmar. Until today, this beautiful land and its beautiful people still come to my mind from time to time. This post is far from my recent photos of autumn captures. But autumn’s golden colors have renewed by memories of this trip. I hope to share some of the impressions this country has made on us in Instagram community.
Bagan was the second city we visited in Myanmar after Yangon. We flew to this ancient site without realizing the history and beauty of it and were completely in awe seeing it first hand. The government tried to revive the past glory of this ancient capital and holy city by building a new Bagan city. But the old Bagan is where everything you want to see. At its glorious time between the 9th to 13th century, Bagan was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, where more than 10,000 temples, pagodas and monasteries in all sizes stood within about 10 km area on the plain. Today, after wars and earthquakes, only about 3,000 still remain standing. Myanmarese people are extremely religious. Almost all the temples and religious sites are still in use. And many places request worshipers and visitors to go barefoot when standing on the site. And all males from young age and through their lifetime take religious lessons and go to live in monasteries periodically. I used my iPhone to take most of the photos there. Hope you zoom in to see the stupas in the horizon. ———————————————-
Bagan, Myanmar 🇲🇲 December 28, 2014