Myanmar: Bikes in Bagan (video)

 

Watch: Bikes in Bagan, Day 4, Myanmar (Burma)

 With our bikes from New Park Hotel, we explored many temples including: 
Gu-byauk-gyi (wet-kyin) with incredible paintings but you cannot take photos or video for preservation reasons.
Gu-byauk-nge: Due to its smaller size, you can see all three of the four seated Buddhas at once. It has lovely celling paintings.
Alo-pyi
Ywe-haung-gyi
Ananda
That-byin-nyu
Shwe-gu-gyi—in this temple we went up to a higher level and could see the old city and a literal sea of stupas. There are thousands of stupas of all shapes and sizes. The building occurred over two hundred years and was at the same time that the Khmer were building Angkor Wat in Siem Reap.

For lunch we stopped at Sarabha for cold water, chicken with cashew nuts and vegetable curry. The temple by Be nice to Animals restaurant is a yellow one with a mirror disco Buddha. I think it is either Min-o-chan-thar, or Tsu-taung-pyi.

At Ananda Paya there is restoration and reconstruction inside and out. We met part of the team from India. There are six restoration workers in Bagan for eight months working to restore the paintings. We were told it is a seven or eight year project with $11million dollars being spent by the Indian government. The four large standing Buddhas at Ananada are truly gigantic.

For sunset, we biked to near Buledi Temple. People used to climb Buledi but now that is not allowed any more. When George was in Bagan over ten years ago, you could climb nearly all the temples. Many are now closed to preserve the ancient wonders. The colors of the sunset highlighted the brick work on the surrounding temples. A stunning display of nature and buildings constructed for reverence.

This movie is from our 28 days in Myanmar (Burma) from September 28, 2012 to October 26, 2012 and our year TRIP in South East Asia, see all the videos from our trip.

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