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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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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