A classic example of 13th century temple construction in Myanmar, and now a very popular destination for tourists. Inside a series of Buddha statues have been well maintained, and glisten with gold leaf. Outside the vendors work hard to pitch their trinkets to tourists.
Photo Essay | 20 images | Bagan | Myanmar | Burma
Postcard from Dhammanyan Gyi
One of the most unique of the Bagan ruins, but very quiet in the early mornings. Most people see it only at sunset when they climb Shwe San Daw for sunset, it's the massive temple that looks like it was designed by Lego. Inside are some lovely treasures however.
Photo Essay | 22 images | Bagan | Myanmar | Burma
I could spend all day in a market like this, but they usually close before noon. Once a week the people surrounding Pindaya fill the streets and laneways around the old market. It's fresh, vibrant and full of colour. See for yourself.
The historical treasures of Bagan's ancient ruins provide a backdrop for farmers and villages that struggle to grow crops in the parched landscape. The Irrawaddy rolls past the temples and carries away silt and sand, but in amongst the stonework are goat herds and ox cart, fields of wheat and cheeky children.