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BAGAN

BAGAN

Bagan is a plain in the middle of Myanmar, covering a tract of country measuring about 16 square miles along the east bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. The monuments which are now in all stages of decay were erected mostly from the 11th to 13th centuries A.D, when Bagan was the seat of the Myanmar dynasty. The typical Bagan Style temples are bright and airy within, with imposing plan and height. But there are also some temples with intermediate forms. The end of the thirteenth century witnessed the fall of the Bagan dynasty. Thousands of pagodas were despoiled by the invaders and vandals and the king, who fled from the Chinese, is believed to have dismantled a considerable number of the monuments to collect materials for building forts. Since then the great mass of the religious edifices were left to decay and ruin and today we see no more than a hundred splendid monuments which attract and retain attention and since their foundation, have remained   places of worship. Besides the scenery of archaeological value, Bagan has a lot of other things to offer such as lacquer ware, local market explore and hot air balloons over Bagan.