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Bagan - a land of pagodas

Once you have been here every other place that has pagodas pales in comparison! The difference is that there are thousands of temples/pagodas that you can visit and you can climb some of them!!

The ruins of Bagan cover an area of land measuring about 16 square miles along the banks of Irrawaddy. The monuments which are in various stages of decay were erected mostly from the 11th to 13th centuries AD when Bagan was the seat of the Burmese dynasty.

A long line of 55 Kings ruled over Bagan during the 12 centuries beginning from 108 AD.

The remains of 5,000 pagodas and monasteries can be traced.

The two basic types of pagodas

The first type is the bell shaped stupa of solid brick work raised on a series of receding terraces and crowned by a finial. The term, Zedi is applied to such structures. They were erected to enshrine some relics of the Buddha or commemorate some sacred spot.

The second is a hollow vaulted temple mainly for enshriing the Buddha image. It is square in plan with sometimes projecting porches or vestibules. A series of receding roofs rise above the chapel and finally a bell shaped stupa or curved finial tops the structure.

The style of the Bagan temples and pagodas in its large and prinicpal lines can be traced to north east India but it has characteristics that entitle it to rank as a style apart.

The end of the 13th century witnessed the fall of the Bagan dynasty. Thousands of pagodas were despoiled by invaders and vandals and the King who fled from the Chinese is believed to have dismantled a number of monuments to collect materials for building forts.

Today there is no more than one hundred which attract attention and remain places of worship.

  • Last visit to Bagan: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Sep 8, 2006
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2008 at 5:52 AM

    Fantastic! can't wait till I get a chance to visit here!

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2007 at 5:37 AM

    I've been wanting to visit this place for ages but couldnt get the right timing. Thank you for this wonderful tour of Bagan. I hope to see it soon before hordes of tourists invade the place.

  • Hugh1955's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2007 at 7:25 AM

    Bagan was a highlight for us

  • zlatiq's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    hm, i should really make it to burma! Another fascinating but not very fortunate place!thank you

  • Sep 18, 2006 at 11:44 PM

    love the page but what are the Bagan dangers


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