...A wonderful early Christmas surprise from a dear postcard friend... two young monks meditate inside one of the many thousands of ancient Buddhist temples... unfortunately on 24 August a 6.8-magnitude earthquake damaged dozens of these ancient structures...I don't think I have to ask if you had a great time over there... (◕‿-)... Thanks a million Jobbo!!【ツ】
Bagan, also called Pagan, is one of the previous capitals of Burma. It was the capital of the Pagan-kingdom. This kingdom is also been called the First Burmese Kingdom.
This ancient city located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. The shape and construction of each building is highly significant in Buddhism with each component part taking on spiritual meaning.
Many Buddha images from the Bagan period have been made of bronze, iron, sandstone or wood but the most images are located in pagodas and have been made of bricks and plaster.
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