One of the world’s greatest archaeological sites with Buddhist monuments, is Myanmar’s ancient city, home to a great sight to rival Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.
Bagan was recognized as one of the world’s most impressive cultural heritage. This ancient city, was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan (the kingdom that first unified Myanmar) from the 9th to the 13th centuries. Located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar (formerly Burma), Bagan Archaeological area is the main attraction for the country’s tourism industry.
Rising from the verdant 26 square-mile plains, are the largest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world, with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. Sites around Old Bagan include, the ornate Ananda Temple, topped with a golden stupa. Nearby is the vast 12th-century Dhammayangyi Temple which is unique for its pyramidal shape.
During the kingdom’s height, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone. However, Bagan has been hit by earthquakes over the centuries and about 2,230 temples has survive to the present day. Interestingly, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is also the world’s most highly acclaimed ballooning spot.
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