Category:  Landscape Photography | Posted: January 14, 2018

in Bagan, Myanmar

landscape with hotair balloons

by supergold

Landscape Photography Contest Entry 
Bagan in central Burma is one of the world?s greatest archeological sites, a sight to rival Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat but ? for the time being at least ? without the visitors. The setting is sublime ? a verdant 26 square-mile plain, part-covered in stands of palm and tamarind caught in a bend of the lazy-flowing Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) river and framed by the hazy silver-grey of distant mountains. Rising from the plain?s canopy of green are temples, dozens of them, hundreds of them, beautiful, other-worldly silhouettes that were built by the kings of Bagan between 1057 and 1287, when their kingdom was swept away by earthquakes and Kublai Khan and his invading Mongols. Some 2,230 of an original 4,450 temples survive, a legacy of the Buddhist belief that to build a temple was to earn merit. Most are superbly preserved or have been restored by Unesco

Post Type Photography Mixed Media None
cropped to panorama

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