Balloon Ride Over Bagan - Temples

Beez Neez
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Fri 1 Dec 2017 23:47
Balloon Ride Over Bagan – Temples We Saw Along the Way
 
 
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Over a period of two hundred and fifty years the rulers and their devoted people built nearly fifteen thousand Buddhist monuments. The rough numbers were about one thousand stupas, ten thousand little temples and three thousand monasteries in a forty square mile area, the most densely found in the world. It is thought that two thousand two hundred have survived to date. Between 1904 and 1975 there were more than four hundred recorded earthquakes which damaged or destroyed many of the holy buildings. In 2016 alone nearly two hundred temples were damaged by a 6.8 magnitude quake. Most monuments were built in the 11th and 12th centuries but there is a new, unfinished stupa waiting for the next Buddha. We would never have had the time to do any justice to the architecture so our balloon ride was a wonderful way to see many from the air, gliding slowly along. We even saw a group of visitors sitting on a temple enjoying the sunrise.....

Bagan was first nominated as a World Heritage Site in 1995, but the military junta that ruled the country at the time was accused of ignoring experts’ advice on restoration efforts and the nomination was rejected. On the 6th of July 2019 Bagan was inscribed on the UNESCO List.

 

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ALL IN ALL A STUNNING WAY TO SEE THE TEMPLES
                     A HUGE AREA OF TEMPLES