Bagan – Myanmar Travel Video (Chapter Two)
Bagan is an ancient city on the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwady River in central Myanmar (formerly Burma), southwest of Mandalay. The Bagan Archaeological Area has more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments tower over green plains. Holy sites around Old Bagan include ornate Ananda Temple topped with a golden stupa and nearby Dhammayangyi Temple.
It is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world from the 11th and 12th centuries. The shape and construction of each building is highly significant in Buddhism with each component part taking on spiritual meaning.
The second chapter of the incredible ancient city discovers its paths and knowing a little of the local life. You can breathe the climate of peace that this place transmits feeling its essence through these images.
Features of Bagan – Myanmar Travel Video (Chapter Two)
- Bagan is served in Spanish Tapas style and the temples look romantic with the process of graceful aging. The nature had peeled off the stucco coating of the temples revealing the brick structural blocks with its rusty, reddish, and golden brown-like patina when hit by the sun’s rays.
- Bagan today is a main tourist destination in the country’s nascent tourism industry. Several Burmese publications note that the city’s small tourism infrastructure will have to expand rapidly even to meet a modest pickup in tourism in the following years.
- Bagan stands out for not only the sheer number of religious edifices of Myanmar but also the magnificent architecture of the buildings, and their contribution to Burmese temple design.
- The artistry of the architecture of pagodas in Bagan proves the achievement of Myanmar craftsmen in handicrafts.
- The Bagan temple falls into one of two broad categories: the stupa-style solid temple and the gu-style hollow temple.
- In late December to early January, there is a huge festival centered on the Ananda Pagoda that celebrates the traditional lives of farmers in the area; locals come from the surrounding villages in their decorated bullock carts and camp on the plain for the duration. Entertainment is provided by theatrical troupes and on the final daybreak there are formal alms giving to the monks who live in the nearby monastery.
The images of Bagan – Myanmar Travel Video (Chapter Two)
- The spire-fringed skyline
- Stupas that tumbledown with glitter-studded golden miter
- The pair of ferocious stone lions flanking a temple’s door
- The spiky and lacy eave fascia woodcarvings lining a monastery’s ascending tiers of roofs
- Toddy palms with willowy trunks and exotic cotton trees
- Squirrels playfully on the walls and pediments of temples
- Horse drawn carriages and bullock carts grinding on a dust-choked trail.
In this video, you will see temple, local people and way of life in Bagan. You can see more than 2000 temples and pagodas, market in town and some particular details that make Bagan a wonderful place and worthy of being visit.
Highlights of Bagan – Myanmar Travel Video (Chapter Two)
- The Gawdaw Palin temple – sits on the banks of the Irrawaddy.
- The teak-built Myoe Daung Monastery and Tharabar Gate in Old Bagan.
- The imposing, red brick Dhammayangyi temple – covers the largest area of all the temples in Bagan.
- The That Byin Nyu temple – the tallest monument on the plain.
- The spectacular sunrise and sunset views from the Shwesandaw Pagoda or Pyathada Pagoda.
Transportation of Bagan – Myanmar Travel Video (Chapter Two)
- The area’s most active town and main transport hub is Nyaung U, in the northeast corner
- Most international tourists fly to the city. The Nyaung U Airport is the gateway to the Bagan region. Several domestic airlines have regular flights to Yangon, Mandala and Heho. The airport is located on the outskirts of Nyaung U and it takes about 20 minutes by taxi to reach Bagan.
- The city is on a spur from the Yangon-Mandalay rail line. Myanmar Railways operates a daily overnight train service each way between Yangon and Bagan.
- Overnight buses and cars also operate to and from Yangon and Mandalay taking approximately 9 and 6 hours respectively.
- An ‘express’ ferry service runs between Bagan and Mandalay following the Irrawaddy River. The service runs daily during peak periods and slower sailings with overnight stops are also available.
- Getting around by bike allows you to get to most of the temples. Almost all hotels and guesthouses have them for hire, as do various restaurants and shops on the popular ‘Restaurant Row’ in Nyaung U.
- Go on a horse and cart guided tour. This is many people’s favorite, and certainly the most romantic way to see the temples. Most drivers speak at least some English and will know good routes around the temples and some hidden gems.
- Take an air conditioned taxi, if you want to avoid the heat and dust completely. This is naturally the most comfortable way to get around.
- The most exotic and spectacular way to see the temples is to head to the sky for a hot air balloon trip with a unique view of the plain and temples.
- You can also get around by trishaw and small pick-ups. It can only be used for short distances in towns, and pick-ups only operate along the main road from Nyaung U to Old Bagan and on to New Bagan.
On 24 August 2016, Central Burma was hit by a major earthquake and 400 temples were destroyed. The Sulamani and Myauk Guni (North Guni) were severely damaged. The Bagan Archaeological Department has started a survey and reconstruction effort with the help of UNESCO experts. Visitors are prohibited from entering 33 damaged temples.
The Bagan Archaeological Zone is in the center on Old Bagan and defined as the 13 x 8 km area consisting of Nyaung U in the north and New Bagan in the south.
This temple town is one of Myanmar’s main attractions. Bagan – Myanmar Travel Video (Chapter Two) is the most visited place where there is an infrastructure, a care and a preparation for the tourist visiting.