Myanmar: Cows, Goats, Broken Bikes & Bagan Temple Celebrations (video)


WATCH: 28 Cows, Goats, Broken Bikes & Bagan Temple Celebrations, Myanmar

October 14, 2012 Our day on the bikes in Bagan started with a herd of goats crossing Arwathagee Road, the paved road and the dirt path then we biked through a herd of Oxen and Cows. We were on our way to the big temple: Dhamma-yan-gyi, where we saw twin Buddhas, stone tablets, and people adding gold leaf. This temple was built in three years from 1163-1165, and is similar to Ananda Temple.

Stopped at Shwe San Daw paya, which is famous for visiting at sunset. You can climb up and there is even a railing.

Our next stop was Gubyauk Gyi (Myinkaba Village) built in 1113AD. There are no photos or videos allowed inside. The interior art work is truly remarkable. A guide shared his large light with us so we could see the details.

Nan-paya Temple was not crowded at 1:30pm as it was so hot out, most days it was 40C or 104F. From the simple outside of the building you would not guess about the intricate relief work inside. This temple had damage in 1974 earthquake, the large standing Buddha outside fell down. The sandstone carvings on the inside reminded us for Angkor Wat.

Nearby at Ma-nu-ha phaya, we met a large school group, and saw large Buddhas, both sitting and lying. I heard a large popping sound and realized I had a flat tire on my bike. Some kids saw us walking our bike through Old Bagan and took us to a repair shop.

Later at Be Kind to Animals, The Moon Vegetarian restaurant near Min-o-chan-thar, hsu-taung-pyi Temple, we ate Myanmar Tomato Curry and Vegie Chipati, peanuts and tamarind flake candy and COLD WATER!! What a hot day!

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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