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The temples at Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Bagan is a fabulous 16 sq. mile area perched above the Irrawaddy River in central Myanmar just southwest of Mandalay. There are more than 2,800 monuments. These monuments date from the last millennia, around 850 to 1300 AD. Some are pentagonal, others are unique in formation. Visitors can spend weeks traveling from temple to temple, exploring, pondering, relaxing. There is a level of freedom and calm here, as all temple visitors walk barefoot (since it is illegal to walk within Buddhist temples with shoes on). All over the town, there are horse-and-buggie carts that deliver visitors from place to place. These rides are reasonable and a quaint way to get from temple to temple. Myanmar remains one of the countries least affected by Western culture. Bagan is a pleasant, mild spiritual escape, a foray into another world where time has indeed stopped.

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The temples at Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)