Bagan is situated in the dusty central plains of Myanmar, and is arguably one of the worlds most mesmerising sites. In the small area of Bagan Archaeological Zone, there are approximately 2,200 temples. Yes, absolutely astonishing! Though from the 9th to 13th century when Bagan was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan. During it’s reign, the area housed over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries.
This photo was taken from the top of Shwe San Daw Paya, one of the larger temples in the area. The view was very much like this in every direction. Here on top of one of these giant structures, Bagan really comes to life. Temple after temple, from near to far, soar above the tree line, creating one of the most enchanting sites one could see. You instantly forget about the blistering heat, the countless cuts and scratches from prickles and thorns, the sand that has invaded every nook and cranny, and just gaze upon the beauty before you. The view from on top is where Bagan’s magic lies. And if you really want to be impressed, make sure you’re at the top of one of these mammoth structures at sunset or sunrise. It’s something you won’t forget.