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AV Trip Blog – Bagan Visit – AbsoluteVisit #15


Bagan Visit, AV #15

Bagan Temples Myanmar - AbsoluteVisit - Travel

Endless Temples Dot The Landscape

Our curiosity about Bagan (AV #15) started when we first visited Angkor Wat (AV #7) back in 2010. Angkor Wat absolutely blew us away and we knew Bagan, another massive collection of temples situated just one-thousand short miles from Angkor Wat in Southeast Asia, would potentially stack up to be equally wondrous.

Last year, in early September, we took a break one afternoon from planning out the AV Trip in Chicago and caught a screening of the epic non-narrative film Samsara. The film contained several incredible scenes from Bagan, which left us dying to arrive and see this magical landscape with our own eyes.

[Don't miss the incredible video we were able to put together from our visit and why Bagan might not be AV #15 forever]

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Dusty Orange Sunset – Bagan, Myanmar


AV Trip Photo – Dusty Orange Sunset – Bagan, Myanmar

It was nearly dusk, and it was certainly dusty. It was our last night in Bagan and we were experiencing our third golden orange sunset. As the sun drifted off into a cloud of dust in the distance it created an orange ambiance, a mood, and a feeling of mystery surrounded the pagoda we stood tall on.

The vastness which makes Bagan … well, Bagan can be seen in this photo. Looking through my narrowly focused lens you can see just how many buildings stand in the distance. And this is in only one direction. Bagan is an amazing place that is nearly impossible to see. Instead you can only hope to experience it as we did on this very evening.

Dusty Orange Sunset - Bagan, Myanmar

Fancy Steps – Shwezigon Pagoda – Bagan, Myanmar


AV Trip Photo – Fancy Steps – Shwezigon Pagoda – Bagan, Myanmar

While this temple does little in terms of representing Bagan for us, it was a welcome departure from the monotony of viewing hundreds of red brick buildings. Its golden exterior appeared very over the top after viewing the more modest pagodas nearby.

As the sun set behind us, the pagoda’s golden exterior lit up with the warm light beaming in. All it took was a quick point of the camera to capture all it’s beauty.

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