
// APRIL 2016
Where the Past Meets the Present
Yangon
Bagan
Bagan
Mandalay
Inle Lake
Yangon
Bangkok
Thessaloniki
Istanbul
Bangkok
He Ho
Nyaungshwe
Nga Phe Chaung Monastery
He Ho

Bagan 


1st of May
The first Kingdom

We said good bye to Mr. Soe Yi, we renewed our rendezvous with him for when we would return and then flew with a flight of  Air KBZ to Bagan, the capital of the Kingdom of Bagan (Pagan) _the first kingdom which united the areas that later on became the modern Myanmar_ which lasted from the 9nth to the 13nth century.  

We arrived, met our tour guide Mr.Tar and then started our acquaintance with the city from the local market  
Nyaung-U, which remains unalterable through centuries and one may find all the goods that has imagined.

Mr. Tar was walking ahead and was explaining everything, within a noisy bazaar, full of voices, colors and aromas



Walking barefoot, we could feel the hot breath of the merciless heat (40 degrees of the Celsius Climax) 

We continued, having a few minutes stop for photos at a complex with three shrines, named Payathonzu or Kay Min Gha Pagoda.

Most of them were rather declined, after the damages that left behind it the catastrophic earthquake which occurred  in 1975. 
 


 

Afterwards, we visited Shwezigon Pagoda, also known as the golden stupa Shwezigon Pagoda (golden stupa). 

It is the most famous pagoda and the second most sacred one in Bagan.
Constructed by the King Anawratha, it is considered a model prototype for the construction of many of the later monuments. It also reflects the relation between the old traditional religion of Burma and Theravada Buddhism.

While walking barefoot, we could feel the hot breath of the unbearable heat , which again today was obvious that it would climb up to 40 degrees, and we could hardly believe that there were people working under such harsh conditions, setting up scaffoldings so as to repair the pagoda’s damages.  



An Architectural Miracle

Next, we visited the magnificent (51 meters of height) Ananda Temple, the most beautiful temple in Bagan, which was resembling churches of Gothic Style, and hosts a statue of Buddha (9 meters of height) 

The temple, which is considered an architectural miracle, was built by eight monks and is inspired by the cave Nandamula, which is to be found at Himalaya and it was the place of meditation for those eight monks. 
King Kyanzittha, of the Pagan Dynasty, ( the temple was built after his order), killed the eight monks after the construction was completed, so as to make sure that a similar temple was never going to be built again nowhere in the world.

This is a temple which has no similarities, indeed, with any other and is profoundly honoured in Bagan.

It is a mixture of Mon Architecture and Indian Rhythm, which hosts 4 Buddha statues covered with golden leaves, while terracotta plates which are picturing jataka stories_ stories that are referring to Buddhas previous lives_ are adorning its basement..

Again, of course, we took off our shoes and wondered around the main yard, so as to admire the external construction of the walls, which was extremely and amazingly refined. 


 

During high noon, we returned to our hotel, Myanmar Treasure Resort Bagan for some rest. 

 

Seated golden Buddha and Sunset Pagoda!!! 

As soon as the strong high noon heat started subsiding, we continued our tour, starting from Htilominlo Temple.

The three storey Htilominlo Temple is of 46 meters height and it is constructed by red stucco.

We admired the statue of the Seated golden Buddha within it 

 

 

and then continued towards Dhammayangyi Temple, (biggest massive unfinished) the largest temple in Bagan, which was constructed during the reign of King Narathu, who, after taking the power by murdering his older brother, had built this temple so as to find redemption for his committed sins.
The internal part of the temple is closed, built with stucco, for unknown reasons, and this has resulted to only four verandas and external corridors to be accessible.  

The nicest part of our day was definitely the last one: the visit and the “climbing” to the Shwe San Daw Pagoda
where from we had the fortune to enjoy an unforgettable sunset.

This time of the day that night was starting to fall was really magical.

The eternal purple of the sun and the color of the temples reflecting the last blurry light of its rays were creating a fairy tale landscape.  


 

All those things that I had read about Myanmar were absolutely true…

It is a corner somewhere in Asia that has changed very little since the British Occupation Era.
Ours was a journey back to time, enriched with beautiful landscape, idyllic villages and colourful old markets.
And as for the place itself, it is a land which is “enlightened” by the glory of Buddhism and the smiling faces of its hospitable people.

 

 

 

Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Date: 2016
Route: Myanmar (Burma)
Cities: Yangon, Bagan, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Yangon, Bangkok
Duration: 8
Difficulty:
Population: 54.704.285
Rating:
comments
VIEW
comments
VIEW
Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Date: 2016
Route: Myanmar (Burma)
Cities: Yangon, Bagan, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Yangon, Bangkok
Duration: 8
Difficulty:
Population: 54.704.285
Rating:
comments
VIEW
Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Date: 2016
Route: Myanmar (Burma)
Cities: Yangon, Bagan, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Yangon, Bangkok
Duration: 8 days
Difficulty:
Population: 54.704.285
Rating:
comments
VIEW