Pagoda-hopping in Bagan by Electric Bike: Myanmar Photo Blog
"Can I walk from here to the pagodas?" I asked.
I was skeptical...
|This is how an e-bike look like.|
|It was rainy the past two days so the path was a little muddy. |
But, who cares!
|Puddles? Not a problem!|
|Put on your sandals and deal with the mud! |
Don't wear white, though.
|Isn't this lovely?|
|Pagodas were EVERYWHERE!! Left, right, back, front!!!|
|A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Myanmar in August and some pagodas got hit on the top - so, some re-construction works is currently happening. Mostly on the top.|
|Some bigger pagodas which cars/tourist coaches could reach.|
These pagoda caretakers were also doing a little bit of business selling their sand paintings. Just be nice and patient when you are repeatedly being shown the same sand paintings again and again. They are really low income earners trying to make a little bit more to live comfortably - they barely made USD100 a month for living - They are okay people and helped me out with directions even I did not end up buying anything.
|Giant buddha statue with a little construction works happening at the side.|
|Caretaker and buddha statue.|
|Standing buddha statue and a police man who showed me the best pagoda to go for sunrise.|
|A hidden one.|
|Shwe Zi Gon pagoda - just 600 meters away from where I lived.|
|Bu Paya temple right by the Ayerwaddy river.|
|I later found out that she was actually hiding to speak on the phone. She works by the river.|
|Monk making prayer.|
|Construction workers and policeman.|
|Burmese ladies selling snacks. Good balancing skill, hur?|
|Grandma making prayer.|
The sole reason why I decided to go to Myanmar was because I have always wanted to visit Bagan in person - where some 2000 pagodas stood mightily for hundreds of years from the early civilization. Even though I still don't understand why the king has to build so many pagodas/temples and many pagodas were just a few centimeters away. Would it be possible that there might be a secret message hidden behind the locations of these pagodas? Maybe I would find out the message when I got to the top...
This morning, I self-forced to wake up at 4.30am for the worldly Bagan sunrise - Shwe San Daw pagado it is I was heading to - which was about 10 minutes bike ride from where I lived. It was cold riding in the morning and I was hungry. With me, I had my camera, bags and tripod. The thought of giving up and sleep in was fighting on my mind against the urge to see the sunrise ten times on my way to the pagoda. The road was empty and I kinda doubted on my decision to wake up this early. Until I arrived at the spot, and little did I know that the reward was well worth anything it took to bring me there in Bagan.
Thank you Bagan... till next time!