Photographer's Note

150km south-west of Mandalay, Burma, one can discover a magic place on earth called Bagan. It's un unbelievable jungle area where hundreds of temples and pagodas are standing creating an exceptional skyline at sunrise or sunset mainly dating back from the 12th century.

This shot was made at Sunrise from the Mingalazedi temple. A balloon appeared from the mist 20 minutes after sunrise.

By the way, if you visit the temples during the day, you have to learn "Moweibu !". I didn't need it in Inle, Mandalay or Kyaing Tung but it was necessary in Bagan. It means "I don't want to buy !" :)

In 849, Bagan became the capital of a village federation and started to be a major place in the Burmese history. The place was merely living from agriculture along the Irrawady river.

In 1044, the Anawratha king turned that federation into a major kingdom including far more lands from the south gathering two major people : Pyu (Bagan area) and Mn (delta area).

Starting from that date, the place became a major buddhist site and hundreds of pagodas and temples have been built during three centuries. Each Burmese king dedicated more and more ressources to build bigger and bigger buildings dedicated to Buddhism.

The place and the Burmese kingdom lost its influence when the Mongols invaded Bagan in 1287. Some more temples and pagodas were built during the following century but Bagan was no more the main capital of those kingdoms.

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