We visited a dozen temples around Bagan on a day when the thermometer reached 43 degrees C. Everywhere you look in this region, there’s a pagoda to be seen. The interiors provided some level of comfort from the heat, with the occasional breeze wafting through some corridors.
The people selling local crafts, drinks and mangoes were doing it tough today. Rob bought two mangoes and delighted the women by borrowing their knife and demonstrating the easy way to cut and eat the flesh (with a blunt knife). They declared it ‘very clever’.
A few of the temples didn’t allow inside photography. It was almost impossible to make out the frescoes at Gubyaukgyi. As I was leaving, an elderly woman, whose face was richly adorned with thanaka paste, insisted I go back in. Some local people had arrived and a guide had activated the lighting system. Think light globe on a selfie stick, only with a very, very long cord.
The paths to the temples were so hot today, people were running to get to a cool spot to land their bare feet.
I’ve pared down the photographs to give you some idea of the diversity of temples, architectural styles and decoration.
Pyat Thut Gi
Sulamani Pahto (my favourite, largely because of the detailed frescos and decorations)
Ananda Pahto (under considerable restoration)
Lunch at Moon Restaurant (Be Kind to Animals) – a cool spot to rehydrate.
Than Daw Ga Pagoda