Bagan

#15 - Mandalay, Myanmar
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It is a cluster of over 2000 Pagodas and Temples scattered across 16 square miles of land, all of which were built between the 11th and 13th centuries. It is notable for its expanse of sacred geography. Bagan has many nicknames, including: The City of The Enemy Crusher, The Land of Copper and the Parched Land. It was capital of several ancient kingdoms in Myanmar, Burma. Call it what you wish, it's spectacular to see even though it has changed over the years, marrying many types of architecture styles together to rank #15 on our list.
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Shwezigon Pagoda
#1 Bagan Photo - Brad Harbach
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Mysterious Bagan
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Bagan Temples
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Bagan Buddha
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Temples Everywhere
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Bagan Protector
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Bagan - Panaromic
#7 Bagan Photo - Zhao Naidoo
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Bagan Halls
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Shwezigon Pagoda Detail
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  • The ancient city of Bagan is the most historical site in Myanmar.
  • Bagan is situated in an active earthquake zone, putting its many revered temples at risk of damage. There have been over 415 earthquakes since 1904, the last powerful one being in 1975 which caused major damage to the temples.
  • Bagan contains at least over 10,000 religious monuments (and thats only counting the ones built when it was the capital of the Burmese Empire!)
  • The most popular temple, the Ananda Temple, is also known as the 'Westminster Abbey of Burma' and was built in 1105 A.D.
 

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Shwezigon Pagoda
Ranked #1 by Brad Harbach
Mysterious Bagan
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Bagan Temples
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Bagan Buddha
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Temples Everywhere
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Bagan Protector
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Bagan - Panaromic
Ranked #7 by Zhao Naidoo
Bagan Halls
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Shwezigon Pagoda Detail
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