Friday, March 23, 2012
Temples of Bagan
Bagan was born when Burma's King Anawrahta unified the country, embrace Buddhism, and started building Buddhist temples. He and his successors really threw themselves into the job of temple-building, and 200 years later, they had built over 13,000 temples in the 24-mile plain. They were not as diligent about maintaining their army, so when Kublai Khan's army marched into Burma, the kingdom fell, and the temples of Bagan were largely abandoned. Over the ensuing centuries, most of the temples were lost to earthquakes, wars and neglect. Recently however, a new army has invaded Bagan: an army of tourists.
Here is a video of the scene at the top of the temple.
Here is a video of a walk around the upper level of one of the temples in Bagan. Notice the temples visible from all sides in all directions.