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Myanmar in 17 Amazing Photos

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Myanmar is an awesome country to visit in Southeast Asia. It is not as popular of a destination as Thailand or Cambodia, but that does not mean that Myanmar is not a magical place to visit. The temples of Bagan are an amazing sight to see, but there is also the shiny, golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and unique places around Mandalay and Inle Lake to visit.

We visited Myanmar in December of 2014, spending two weeks here. It is a beautiful country filled with beautiful people. See for yourself…

17 Amazing Photos Myanmar

 

This is the Shwedagon Pagoda, a giant, golden stupa and collection of temples in Yangon. While we were here, it was covered in scaffolding. Normally it is shining and brilliant, covered in golden paint. I would love to see how it really looks. I guess we have a reason to go back…

Shwedagon Pagoda

 

Clustered around the base of the stupa at the Shwedagon Pagoda are these smaller temples. Each one is a little different and you could spend hours here gazing at each one of them.

Shwedagon Pagoda Temples

 

Here are people praying, sitting in front of the Shwedagon Pagoda. What a unique, beautiful place this is.

Touring the Shwedagon Pagoda

 

Also in Yangon, this is a giant reclining Buddha at the Chaukhtagyi Temple. On the feet are the 108 auspicious characteristics of the Buddha.

Reclining Buddha Yangon

 

The temples of Bagan spread out as far as the eye can see. It is estimated that there are 2200 temples remaining in Bagan today. There were once 10,000 temples here at the height of its kingdom 900 years ago.

Temples of Bagan Myanmar

 

Here is a closer look at the temples and the signs identifying them.

Collection of Temples in Bagan

 

Looking through the doorway of one of the many temples in Bagan.

Through the Doorway

 

One of the best ways to get around Bagan is by bicycle. Don’t feel like pedaling? There are motorized bicycles available for rent.

Motorized Bike in Bagan

 

A view of the temples as the sun was setting.

Bagan Myanmar Sunset

 

Bagan is one of the most spectacular places on the planet to watch the sunset. How can you beat this view?

Amazing Bagan Sunset

 

These two women were riding on the back of an ox driven cart, sitting on piles of melons and other fruit. The people here smoke giant cigars while holding a bowl underneath of it, something we saw throughout Bagan.

People of Bagan

 

Another view of Bagan at sunset. 

Sunset Bagan Myanmar

 

We took a hot air balloon ride with Balloons Over Bagan, an awesome experience. 

Hot Air Balloon Ride over Bagan

 

A lone balloon rising out of the early morning mist that covers Bagan.

Lone Balloon in Bagan

 

The silhouettes of the temples at sunrise in Bagan.

Sunrise Bagan

 

High over Bagan…magical.

Balloons Over Bagan

 

Yes, this really does exist. This collection of Buddhas, all in a hallway in Shwekyimyint Pagoda, can be found in Mandalay.

Mandalay Myanmar

So, who’s ready to visit Myanmar? It is a beautiful, magical place, and I have a feeling that we will go back someday.


 

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