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Bagan Myanmar

Ode to Bagan

by Emiel Van Den Boomen

Bagan temple with blue sky

Thousands of ancient Buddhist pagodas, temples and monasteries,
Rising above the plains of Bagan,
Standing strong for more than 800 years,
Guiding you on a journey to discover monuments of the past.

View on Bagan plains

Boy looking at sunset from temple in Bagan

Stunning sunset in Bagan

The sunrise promising another glorious day,
Wherever you wander glimpses of archaeological beauty.

The sunset glow setting the pagoda on fire,
To leave visitors awestruck.

Look out Bagan plains

Sunlight shines on one of Bagan temples

Sunset with Bagan temples

Amazing earthy red colored sanctuaries,
Withstanding the heat of the plains.
Secret passages and stairs to climb the structure,
Finally on top, the cooling wind.

Bagan temple

Bagan Myanmar

Female shepherd and cows

Female shepherd

To visit Bagan no plan is needed,
Just turn left or right at your own ease.
Spectacle all around you.

Golden temple Bagan with blue sky

Family picture in front of Bagan temple

See through Bagan temple

My daughter and I enjoying Bagan

Family in front on Bagan village sign

Our hotel in Bagan: Bagan Umbra (recently renovated!)

Also read about our adventures in Mandalay, Monywa, and Inle Lake (No Jumping Cats!)

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Gezin op Reis December 28, 2014 - 12:22

Wow prachtige foto’s!

Pedro Weber Pereira Lemos December 8, 2014 - 12:59

simply amazing!

hikebiketravel December 7, 2014 - 20:48

Outstanding photos and one place I’d love to see. I can’t imagine how beautiful the area would be at first light.

Emiel van den Boomen December 8, 2014 - 08:51

Thanks Leigh. We spent 4 full days in Bagan…loved every minute of it.

Bama December 7, 2014 - 10:14

Emiel, your photos left me in awe. What a beautiful collection of images from such an amazing place! I’m particularly intrigued by the lighting on your 2nd and 13th photos. Did you take them in the morning or in the afternoon?

Emiel van den Boomen December 7, 2014 - 11:41

Thank you so much Bama. The 2nd picture was taken during sunset. The 13th one I am not completely sure, but I think it was late in the morning. We had lots of cloudy days because of the rainy season (although it hardly rains in Bagan, only in other parts of Myanmar), but especially in the morning we sometimes had clear blue skies!

Bama December 7, 2014 - 13:58

Very well-noted, Emiel. It sounds like I have to visit twice: after dawn and just before dusk. You’re very lucky to have such nice blue skies during your visit to Bagan. 🙂

Jacomijn Heupink December 6, 2014 - 22:51

Such a great place!

Emiel van den Boomen December 7, 2014 - 11:37

Thanks. Indeed one of the most inspiring places to visit in Asia.


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