Bagan

bagan

Needless to say that, without visit to Bagan is not a perfect visit to Myanmar. Small in size with the area of 42 sq km ( 26 sq miles), but with great amount of religious edifices, Bagan is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Bagan is situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River in Mandalay Division.

According to the Myanmar history, it was believed that there were 55 Kings who ruled Bagan from King Thamudarit ( Early 2nd Century ) to King Sawmonnit ( Late 14th Century ) but little or no evidence is found to support this ad most of the Myanmar scholars accept only that Bagan history began with the rule of King Anawrahta who united the first empire of Myanmar in 11th Century A.D. The invasions of Mongo in late 19th Century witnessed the fall of Bagan dynasty.

Mt. Popa

mtpopa

About an hour drive to the south east of Bagan, Mt. Popa is situated at 50 kilo meters with height of 1500 meters above sea level. It is considered to be core of extinct volcano. Mt Pop is a place known as Home of Nats (or) spirits for whom worship the animism or spiritualism. It is more like the most important Nats worship center.

Not only for the reason to study about the Nats (or) spirits, we can also see the typical village life of the people on the way to Mt. Popa from Bagan. Driving across to the thick toddy palm forest, have a look for their way of life, producing palm sugar, light alcoholic palm juice and the use of toddy palm tree in many ways are a great attractions of the visit as well. Mt. Popa is also famous for its natural pack, well maintain and conserve for eco-tourism.

 

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