Bagan plane - or plane Bagan

Sun set over Bagans plane

Sun set over Bagans plane

If you are on one of the tourist points and happen to see a god and spectacular sunrise or sun set you might, apart from all the other tourist see scarcely any movement other than some fire smoke or a horse drawn art bumping along some dirt track. Majestic stone sheds are dotted all over the landscape as far as your eye can see. It looks like something you might have seen in an computer generated film or an Indiana Jones movie.

Bagan plane with stone sheds

Bagan plane with stone sheds

All this thousands of temples in front of you still lay as undisturbed and quiet as they stood there since centuries. Due to the last tourism wave swapping into the country that will change very dramatically. To think I'd been just in modern Hong Kong some days ago and now standing atop one of the ancient temple is as taking a time travel.

Temple in Bagan

Temple in Bagan

As Myanmar has just opened again a little more for all the tourists and the name itself seems to carry a mystique feeling it's quickly becoming a touristic hotspot at a pace not seen before. The roots of modern Myanmar can be traced to a Pagan Empire back in the year 1044. At this time the construction of all these temples and stupas took place and Buddhism cemented its foundation s the primary religion.

plane of Bagan

plane of Bagan

Bagan is still very much a sleepy backwater with country folk that is relaxed and friendly to visitors. The number of temples is staggering and this makes it truly one of Asia's most impressive sites. The lack of development will change rapidly in coming years but for now it's just a must see!