The Temples of Bagan

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Ryan Friese

Bagan is an astonishing archeological and architectural wonder that I hadn’t even heard of before my trip to Myanmar. As a whole, the Temples of Bagan rival and, dare I say, even surpass the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia in terms of their grandeur and ability to evoke awe. An absolutely extraordinary period of religious fervor that lasted 230 years resulted in construction of nearly 4400 temples. That’s about 19 temples built per year, for 230 consecutive years! The number of temples I could see across the horizon was limited only by the strength of my eyesight. I’ll never forget that feeling.

Location: Bagan, Myanmar


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