Simply put, Bagan is extraordinary. So extraordinary, it’s hard to imagine that it’s not as famous as the Egyptian pyramids, Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, Angkor Wat, or Petra. It’s the forgotten world wonder, lost in the geographical black hole otherwise known as Myanmar.

A dusty plain dotted with over 2000 ancient temples, pagodas, stupas and shrines, Bagan is epic and overwhelming. It is an unusual place, a 21st-century lost world that allows travelers to play Indiana Jones for a day – or better yet, a week.

Yes, travelers in the know discovered Bagan years ago and a limited number of tours do visit the larger more accessible temples. The site is not unknown. But the scale of Bagan is far beyond the number of people currently visiting the region. Anyone needing some space can grab a bike and take off on one of the dusty tracks to find a temple, and an adventure, of their own. In 2009, this is as good as it gets.

3 responses to “Bagan”

  1. What a moody photo! More please. More please. I love just the idea of this place!

  2. avatar Linse says:


    Gorgeous, gorgeous photo! I’m planning a trip to Myanmar this winter and was just wondering where in Bagan you took this photo – it looks pretty untouched and I didn’t know if it was a hike to get there.

    Thank you!

  3. avatar Tony says:

    Hi Linse,

    This picture was taken at the Shwesandaw pagoda, which is by far the most popular view point. Even though Shwesandaw can have many tourists, I do actually think it’s the best temple for sunset photos simple because of the way the temples overlap from this angle.

    But do take the opportunity to find your own temple and enjoy a sunset on your own. There are plenty to choose from.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.