The monuments seem to overwhelm the landscape. There are about 2,000 of them covering an area of 16 square miles on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwady in central Myanmar. They are in different sizes and in a bewildering variety of shapes. They are also in varying stages of preservation and disrepair. Some of them throb with life, visited by devotees, a few have become little more than piles of bricks.
Bagan is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River in Central Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and is the site of the densest collection of Buddhist temples, stupas and monasteries in the world. The haunting beauty and juxtaposition of the stupas and spires rising above the Bagan plain veiled in morning mist creates an unforgettable panorama which rivals any of the more famous and renowned attractions in the world such as the Egyptian Pyramids or Machu Picchu in Peru. In addition to the visual beauty there are also the cultural wonders to experience as many of the ancient temples and pagodas are active and living sites of devotion in this country of colour and warmth where religion is the life blood of society. Bagan has deservedly received recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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