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A FULL DAY IN THE LAND OF PAGODAS (L)
After your breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel for a full day exploration of Bagan with a range of sites, history, culture and local lifestyles.
You begin with a visit to an elevated temple, from where you have a spectacular view over the surrounding plains. This is an ideal way to admire the grandeur and scope of Bagan’s architecture. Afterwards you will discover Ananda temple, one of the most revered temples in Bagan.
Then you pay a visit to Myinkaba Village and Gubyaukgyi temple, which is favorable for its beautiful mural paintings on its inner walls and well-preserved plaster carvings on its exterior. The close located Manuha temple and Nan Paya temple, one nice Buddha statues and stone work that are a visit worth.
Go ahead to learn more about the local culture in two workshops producing Bagan’s most famous products: lacquer ware and wood crafts. Observe the skilful hands using techniques passed down through generations to create beautiful products. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Transfer back to your hotel for a short rest and escaping the extreme heat under the midday sun.
Embark a private boat and set off upstream to Kyauk Gu U Min. Your eyes will be satisfied with fabulous scenes of life on the water throughout your Irrawaddy river: fishermen, local ferry boats, riverside villages and Bagan temples. You make stop at Sae Lan village, a typical riverside villages along the Irrawaddy, to take a short walk. The friendly people are almost all farmers and fishermen with a simple but happy life.
Continue on boat to Kyauk Gu U Min on the eastern side of the river, from where you walk five to ten minutes to the temple. This beautiful temple, with its exquisite stone carvings depicting religious figures and flowers on the door, was built on the side of cliff, so that you can enter a cave behind the main hall of the temple. Inside the cave are several small niches where you can practice meditation. Legend has it that the cave was built during the 13th century for the locals to hide from the invading Mongols.
At the end you will return to your boat for a relaxing cruise back to Bagan (around 1 hour). Transfer back to your hotel.
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