Burma (Myanmar) Top Things to See & Do
Burma (Myanmar) Top Things to See & Do -Bagan
Bagan Bagan is a sacred landscape, known as the 'sea of temples'. featuring an exceptional range of Buddhist art and architecture, Is an ancient city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The thousands of temples that are spread across the plains of Bagan are the most impressive testament to the religious devotion of Myanmar’s people – and rulers – over the centuries.
During the kingdom's height between the 9th and 13th centuries, 4,446 Buddhist temples (although it is thought more than 10,000 once existed), pagodas and monasteries were constructed , of which the remains of 3,822 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.(in 2016 there was a major earthquake that destroyed many temples).
Bagan’s collapse occurred in 1287 AD, after Mongols invaded the Kingdom of Pagan for political reasons, which resulted in a drastic decrease of the number of residents living in the city ( At its peak, the city had a population of around 200,000 people.).
Bagan is a must-see destination during a trip to Myanmar.
Burma (Myanmar) Top Things to See & Do -Inle Lake
Inle is one of the most popular destinations in Myanmar.Inle Lake Stilted villages, floating markets and fishermen rowing with one leg are all enduring images of this beautiful expanse.
Inle Lake, famous for its floating villages and gardens and the unique way of life of the local Intha people, with their living communities based entirely on the water.
A freshwater lake It is the second largest lake in Myanmar,which measures 22 km long by 10 km wide.
Burma (Myanmar) Top Things to See & Do -Hsinbyume Pagoda Mingun in Myanmar
The Hsinbyume Pagoda is a large pagoda on the northern side of Mingun in Sagaing Region in Myanmar (also called the “Myatheindan Pagoda”) The thing that differentiates the Hsinbyume Pagoda from other temples around the world is its architecture.
This temple has several different layers that look like waves. These terraces represent the seven mountain ranges surrounding Mount Meru, which is considered the center of the universe in the Buddhist cosmology.
This pagoda was built in 1816 by the Bagydaw prince, the heir of King Bodawpaya as a way to show his love for his first wife – Queen Hsinbyume – who unfortunately lost her life during childbirth.
One hundred thousand emeralds were used to fund the construction of the white pagoda which can explain its other name Mye Thein Tan (Mye= emerald, Thein Tan = 100,000).
The monument suffered severe damage in the earthquake of 1839.
It is possible to climb the stairway to the top of the structure. From the top you will have great views of the Ayeyarwady River and the nearby Mingun Pagoda.
Mingun village is located on the western bank of the Irrawaddy River, and you will find Hsinbyume Pagoda in the northern part of the small village (within walking distance from the ferry).