• My favorite Stupa in Bagan

    With over 4,000 to choose from, it’s not terribly difficult to find a favorite stupa in Bagan. Some are huge while some are no taller than me (that’s a whopping 5′ 4”). Most are red brick ruins in varying degrees of decay, but some have been rebuilt and painted a blinding white or gold leafed (the supposed original state of these structures). Their shape can be bulbous knobs, brick cubes, multi-leveled spires or fairytale-style castles. They’re also a stone’s throw away from one another, so you’re literally surrounded in choices.

    Like I said, with the sheer number and variety of them, you’re bound to find something here you can fall in love with. My favorite was Dhamma-ya-za-ka Zedi in the southern part of the valley. Unlike many of the big temples around, which are suffering from structural issues, the Dhamma-blah-blah-blah can be climbed. The way up is by the stairways tucked behind the structures that are attached to the outside of the main building.

    Climbing to the top in Bagan

    Scrambling up these stairs offers a stunning view of the valley. Unlike the lame Bagan Viewing Tower, you’ll find this view is good on the soul – it’s free so no money goes into the government’s pockets (that is, except for the $10 you originally paid to visit Bagan). We also shared the view with exactly one other person – so, shhhhh. The Dhamma Blah-Blah-Blah Zedi can be our little secret.

    View from Dhamma-ya-za-ka Zedi

    View from Dhamma-ya-za-ka Zedi

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