Introducing Bagan (Pagan)region
Gather all of Europe’s medieval cathedrals onto Manhattan island and throw in a whole lot more for good measure, and you’ll start to get a sense of the ambition of the temple-filled plain of Bagan. Rivalling the temples of Angkor for the crown of Southeast Asia’s most memorable sight, the 4400 temples here date from around the same period more than 800 years ago. Angkor’s individual temples may be more spectacular, but Bagan’s brilliance is in the wonderful collective views of stupa upon stupa dotting the plain. High season can get very busy, while low season allows some silence and solitude, although the vendors will usually track you down eventually.
Last updated: Mar 24, 2009
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