Bagan

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Ananda Temple - at the feet of the west-facing Buddha, titled Gotama

Two statues made in lacquer, representing the crowned figure of King Kyanzittha kneeling piously in prayer, and Shin Arahan, the Mon monk who converted the King into Theravada Buddhism (meaning "the Teaching of the Elders") and as a primate also crowned the king

Ananda Temple - Standing Buddha Konagamana East facing

Built in 1105 AD during the reign (10841113) of King Kyanzittha of the Pagan Dynasty

Ananda Temple -

Ananda Temple - mural

Htilominlo Temple - built in 1218 by King Htilominlo

Htilominlo Temple - built in 1218 by King Htilominlo

Htilominlo Temple - built in 1218 by King Htilominlo

Htilominlo Temple - built in 1218 by King Htilominlo

Htilominlo Temple - Buddha image

Htilominlo Temple - Buddha image

Htilominlo Temple - built in 1218 by King Htilominlo

Htilominlo Temple - built in 1218 by King Htilominlo

Lacquer work carving

Lacquer work carving

Some of the numerous temples and stupas on the Bagan plains

Some of the numerous temples and stupas on the Bagan plains

Some of the numerous temples and stupas on the Bagan plains - a Buddha image inside one

Some of the numerous temples and stupas on the Bagan plains

Some of the numerous temples and stupas on the Bagan plains

Some of the numerous temples and stupas on the Bagan plains

Some of the numerous temples and stupas on the Bagan plains

Some of the numerous temples and stupas on the Bagan plains

Some of the numerous temples and stupas on the Bagan plains

Shwesandaw Paya - time to watch the sunset over the Bagan plains from this stupa

The view from the Shwesandaw Paya

The view from the Shwesandaw Paya

The view from the Shwesandaw Paya

The view from the Shwesandaw Paya - the surrounding temples and stupas change colour as the sun gets lower in the sky

The view from the Shwesandaw Paya

Novitiation parade - young boys and girls partake in a parade in preparation to enter a monastry to become a monk or nun

In Myanmar it is required by law all children partake in a trial period of becoming a monk or a nun and live in a monastry. If they don't like the life they can leave the monastry after a few days.

Novitiation parade - young boys and girls partake in a parade in preparation to enter a monastry to become a monk or nun

Novitiation parade - young boys and girls partake in a parade in preparation to enter a monastry to become a monk or nun

Novitiation parade - the parents get involved

Novitiation parade

Novitiation parade

Novitiation parade

Novitiation parade

Novitiation parade - the mobile PA

Novitiation parade

Novitiation parade

Grinding palm sugar

Grinding palm sugar

"Why you take my photo"

Making the palm sugar into balls for sale

Mount Popa - a volcano 1518 metres above sea level with numerous Nat temples and relic sites atop the mountain (777 steps up)

Atop Mount Popa

Atop Mount Popa

Atop Mount Popa

Atop Mount Popa

Atop Mount Popa

At the foot of Mount Popa

At the foot of Mount Popa

Our lunch view of Mount Popa