Photographer's Note

Pagodas are unique landmarks of Myanmar. In no other country can you find such manifestation of devotion demonstrated by Myanmar Buddhists. No hill is so high, no valley so deep, no forest so dense, no plain barren as to prevent a pious Buddhist to build a pagoda of glittering gold or snow-white coat, no matter how large or small. No work of merit is believed to be so richly rewarded as building and donating a pagoda for the propagation of Buddhist faith.

History has recorded that Myanmar enjoyed prosperity as early as the Bagan Dynasty, principally during the reigns of the first Myanmar Emperor King Anawratha (1044-1077) and King Kyansittha (1084-1112), popularly known as Bagan Golden Age. It also witnessed another gold, i.e. the golden age of pagoda building. In that age of rote, where Myanmar and Pali literature was preserved to memory by word of mouth, rhyme or verse is the easiest way to remember things by. Thus the number of Bagan pagodas in the 42 square Kilometers of land was recorded in rhyming couplets. Where each ward represented a digit the first four words were meant to be reckoned as 4446. But the common legend extended to seven digits inflating the numbers to millions. Thus it is not surprising that Bagan is often called "the city of four million pagodas." The Myanmar Archeology Department recorded 2217 pagodas today...

Here at sunrise, the morning after my late arrival the night before. I was lucky enough to stay in old Bagan. Just had to walk out of my hotel, just by myself, silence all around...

Classical shot maybe, but unforgettable personal experience.

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Additional Photos by JM Hullot (vincz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
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