Exploring the inside of the Bagan temples.

Although a lot of the smaller temples have now been closed off with gates in the doorway, there’s still plenty of places where you visit inside and watch the wall decorations and statues inside the Bagan temples. Notice the different positions of the Buddha.

Buddha statues from the Bagan period are easy to recognise due to their round face. Their expression is mostly strict and not very friendly. The body is strong and muscular. Many Buddha images from the Bagan period were made of bronze, iron, sandstone or wood, but most of bricks and plaster.

Even nowadays, Bagan still has the largest collection of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins. There are 2200+ temples, pagodas and stupas, many still in relatively good condition. During the 1975 earthquake, many temples and stupas were damaged. In 2016 again a heavy earthquake damaged nearly 400 structures. Luckily no one was killed.

Keep in mind that Buddha is highly respected in Myanmar and you are to do the same. To disrespect their culture can result in jailtime doing hard labour. You also shouldn’t take any photos with Buddha in the back, no selfies either. The image of Buddha shouldn’t be worn either and especially not altered in any way. Like don’t put headphones on it in a drawing, it cost one guy a year in prison.

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