BAGAN (Pagan)
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Founded in 849 AD it became the capital of the first unified Kingdom and the first multinational Union of Myanmar in 1044 AD. 42 square kilometres of open land, sited on the east bank of the famed Ayeyarwady River, covered by 5,000 mysterious and magnificent stupas and hollow pagodas of a bygone era, make Pagan one of the wonders of the world. Here lies a great monument to one of Myanmar’s brilliant eras. Today it is a rich and premier archaeological site that ofters a rich heritage from a twelfth century empire. A panoramic view of this land at sunset will leave you with a lingering sense of awe and wonder.

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Buddhist monuments in Myanmar fall into 2 basic styles - solid pagodas and hollow pagodas. Solid pagodas are solid conical structures with a central treasure vault below. Hollow pagodas are build with a hollow chamber in the centre where pilgrims can enter to worship or meditate

Some highlights:

Shwezigon Pagoda

bagan03This golden stupa, the most important pagoda in Pagan, was built in 1057 AD as a centre of prayer and reflection by King Anawrahta, the founder of the first Pagan dynasty. The Shwezigon is the prototype for all later Nyanmar stupas.

 

Ananda Temple

bagan04Mon in its architecture, this jewel of a hollow pagoda is not only Pagan’s most famous but also one of the few active hollow pagodas. Built in 1091 AD by King Kyansittha, it contains statues of Buddha and stone sculptures of exquisite workmanship representing various scenes in Buddha’s life.

 

Bagan Museum

bagan05This small but well laid out museum is run by the Archaeological Department. On display here are ancient artifacts found within Pagan. Whether mural paintings, plaster carvings or bas-relief, many are of high artistic quality - marvellous relics of Pagans glory.

 

Mount Popa

popa01Mount Popa, a 1,500-metre extinct volcano, about 60 kilometres south east of Pagan is home of Myanmars "nats"- a collection of 37 supernatural beings. Twice yearly, thousands of people will gather here to attend the nats festival to honour these spirits.

 

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Useful Myanmar Phrases

Auspicious to you all
Mingalar Bad


How are you?
nei kaun: ye. la:


Good morning
mingala nan ne khin: ba


Good evening
kaun: tho: nya. nei khin: ba


Good night/Good Bye
thwa: bi


Thank you
kyei: zu: tin ba de


Thank you very much
kyei: zu: amya: gyi: tin ba de


I cannot speak Myanmar
Myanmar lo matat' bu:


Do you understand?
khamya: na: le tha la:


May I take a photograph?
da' poun yai' lo. ya. mala:


May I use the telephone?
te li hpon: thoun: lo. ya. ma. la:


Where is the restroom?
ein tha be ma shi. tha le:


How much?
be lau' le:


What's that?
e: da ba le:


Very expensive
zei: mya: de


See you again
noun gya. thei: da paw.


Please to meet you.
twei. ya. da wan: tha ba de


Good luck
kan kaun: ba zei


Sorry
sel' mashi ba ne.


Excuse me
thi: khan ba


It's all right.
ya ba de


Yes (Male)
hou' ke khin bya.


Yes (Female)
hou' ke shin.


No
hin. in:


Really?
da ge la:


It's impossible.
ma hpyi' nain bu:


Possibly
hpyi' nain ba de


I beg your pardon (Male)
khin mya (?)


I beg your pardon (Male)
Shin (?)


Can I help you?
ku nyi ba ya. zei


Help!
kegya. ba oun:


Beautifull
hla. lai' ta


I want...
...gyin de


Directions

I want to go...
... go thwa: gyin ba de


Where is...?
...be na: ma le:


Turn left
be be cho:


Turn right
nya be cho:


Straight ahead
te, de. thwa: ba


Stop here
dima ya' ba


Slow down
hpyei: byei:


Be careful
tha di: hta: ba


Be careful, don't drive too fast
tha di: hta: ba: phyie: byei: maun:


Turn back
pyan hie:


Turn back
pyan hie:


How much do I owe you?
be lau' kya. tha le:


Keep the change
maan: ne. daw


Places

Airport
lei zei


Bus Station
ba saka: hma' tain


Railway Station
buda youn


Hotel
hou te


Embassy
than youn:


Hospital
hsei: youn


Clinic
hsei: gan:


Police Station
ye: sa khan:


Post Office
sa dai


Market
zei:


River Boat jetty
thin: baw: zei'


Guest house
e. yei' tha


Restaurant
sa: thau' hsain


Travel Related Links

Association of Southeast Asia NationsASEAN
Association of Southeast Asia Nations
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Association of Southeast Asia NationsASEAN
Association of Sou<<4R543W90-=98theast Asia Nations
www.aseansec.org

Pacific Asia Travel AssociationPacific Asia Travel Association
http://www.pata.org/

Myanmar Hotelier Association
Myanmar Hotelier Association

http://www.myanmarhotelier.org



  MTFMyanmar Tourism Federation
  http://www.myanmar.travel/

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