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Tree of Life

This picture was taken in one of the many fantastic pagodas in Bagan, Myanmar. Behind the Buddha Statue is a painting of a tree of life, this tree is prominent in the imagery in this area of Myanmar, and can be found in many of the Pagodas. Bagan has a ton of cool Pagodas to offer, with a lot of really amazing art and architecture. If you are visiting Myanmar I would highly recommend making a trip to Bagan. If you’ve read any of my other posts about Myanmar you will already know this, but if you haven’t I think it’s important to mention; there IS an appropriate dress code here! Myanmar tends to be a little conservative in general, and whether you choose to respect that or not while in town is up to you. My family all did, we kept our legs covered at least to below the knees, and our shoulders covered. When you are in temples MAKE SURE you are dressed appropriately, cover your legs and shoulders, and make sure you remove your shoes and socks!

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This picture was taken inside one of the many Pagodas found in Bagan, Myanmar (formerly Burma). There are over a thousand Pagodas in the area, and each one has something interesting to offer. Some are more ornate on the inside, others have more to offer in terms of architectural design. Many have intricate paintings, some of which, have faded away, or have been lost over time. In this picture you can see, on the wall behind the Buddha statue, as well as in the hall, the remnants of some of these fantastic paintings. Personally, I like the combination of the bricks and the paintings, it really allows you to see multiple aspects of the Pagoda, in terms of it’s construction, and the way it has changed over time. Many of the pagodas are still in use, for religious purposes, as well as for visiting tourists. Often you will see buddhist monks, like this one, praying in front of these statues. If you see this, try not to be disruptive. Walk around rather than in front, and make sure that you do not take any pictures with your back facing the Buddha. Also when visiting these pagodas be respectful in the way you dress, many have signs posted outside to indicate what is/ is not appropriate dress, and make sure you take of your shoes, and socks. I can’t recommend visiting these sites highly enough, they are truly amazing, and pictures (even good ones) don’t really do them justice. If you are visiting Bagan it’s not likely that you will have time to see all of the Pagodas in the area, we were there for four days and we saw twenty-one, so do your research! Get a guide book, or a guide/ driver if you are more comfortable with that, and figure out which of the temples you want to see the most. No matter what you see when you are here, they all have something to offer, and each one is unique and beautiful. If you are in Myanmar try to find time to visit Bagan, it is absolutely worth the trip!

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