Myanmar is a wonderful 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.
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…
Here are people praying, sitting in front of the Shwedagon Pagoda. What a unique, beautiful place this is.
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.
Looking through the doorway of one of the many temples in Bagan.
A view of the temples as the sun was setting.
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.
Another view of Bagan at sunset.
A lone balloon rising out of the early morning mist that covers Bagan.
The silhouettes of the temples at sunrise in Bagan.
Yes, this really does exist. This collection of Buddhas, all in a hallway in Shwekyimyint Pagoda, can be found in Mandalay.
So, who’s ready to visit Myanmar? It is a beautiful, magical place, and I have a feeling that we will go back someday.
Post updated December 2017.