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Bagan

Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites in the world, with some 5,000 monuments scattered over the 26 square mile site along the Irrawaddy riverbanks. The Kings of Bagan introduced Theravada Buddhism to central Burma in about 1055 and Bagan became a centre of Buddhist spirituality and learning. The town entered its golden era of temple building fervour which ended in 1287 when the Mongols swarmed down into Burma. While their great palaces, which were built of wood, have long since burnt down or crumbled away, the kings built hundreds of temples and pagodas which still remain on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Over the years many of the temples have fallen prey to neglect, looting, erosion and a massive earthquake in 1975. Today the main concentration of monuments is around the original city of Bagan, on the bend of the river. Not all the temples were built by kings, many were built by wealthy families in order to gain merit with Buddha. No two monuments are the same, and all are highly original in design and conception. The best way to see these ancient temples that dot the landscape is by hot air balloon, which is possible from October until the end of March. The layout of towns around Bagan is slightly confusing

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To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.

Bill Bryson