The previous post was about the views of Bagan plain. This is going to focus on the detail of the individual temples. I really liked this Buddha from inside one of the Bagan temples. I also like the halo effect the low light forced onto the picture. Simple serenity.
Obviously, this (Anada Pahto) was one of the grander temples. It was proper packed inside with hordes either gawping at, or trying to pray to a huge, plastic looking gold Buddha. However, a few steps away there was peace to explore a lovely temple. The outside was stunning. As you can see, we timed our visit to coincide with the sunset so we got the light glinting off the golden stupa. This is one that they are in the middle of restoring and the difference as the grime from, I don't know how many years, is washed away. Will look even better when they're done.
After this, we wandered the couple of hundred metres to the vegetarian restaurant with the cracking name of 'Be kind to animals and the moon' (I know! Me, eating in veggie restaurant!). It is raved about in the guide books and rightly so. It is packed with tourists and must make a fortune. Really good range of salads, curry and homemade ice cream. Nicely shaded by plants overhead with birds in. Apparently the odd tree snake is attracted by the birds but we didn't see one. This then causes problems for the owners as their strict veggie/Buddhist principles means they can't harm the snake but it doesn't go down well with the Billy Bunters, especially when it gobbles up an ickle baby birdy!
Not what you would call a traditional Christmas eve, I think you'll agree!
On our final day in Bagan we hired a couple of e-bikes.... The sort you see in China all over the place and pootled around. This was great fun and it allowed us to see loads without the children moaning too much. The main road that links New Bagan, Old Bagan and Nyaung U is littered with temples. Some are quite small and intimate, you pretty much have these to yourself and others are much grander affairs and these were busy at the entrances but once inside, they were big enough not to feel too crowded.
The most impressive temple in Nyaung U is the Shwezigon Paya. This was one of the few places that felt busy with tourists. The number of tour buses outside was the first clue. However, it was still pretty damn impressive. Although the phrase 'less is more' is possibly one that does not translate well!
It is a riot of gold leaf and mirrored mosaic tiles. It contrasts nicely with the simplicity of most of the rest of the Bagan temples.
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