TEMPLE HOPPING IN BAGAN
- Myanmar -
"Follow me" a girl on a motorcycle said.
After driving on a dirt track for a few minutes we stoped by an old temple. She introduced herself as "Lye Lye" and explained how temple climbing is banned since the earthquake in 2016. But with some luck (or in this case her help) you can still find some hidden places you are allowed to climb. Just off the road this temple had stairs all the way up, an amazing view and great company.
Renting an E-Bike gave me absolute freedom, I was able to search for little temples off the tourist path.
The ancient city has over 2 000 temples and pagodas, even though it's the most popular and touristy destination in Myanmar I guarantee you can still find quiet and isolated places.
All the temples and pagodas have unique features, some still have original paintings inside. It makes you wonder how amazing and breathtaking the city must have been when it was first built.
Most temples have lions to guard the entrance, their story isn't very clear as I've been told different versions from a few locals:
"A princess got married to a lion and they had a child. She left the lion and raised the baby on her own. The lion got so angry he started terrorising the village so the son decided to kill the lion. It was only after his mother told him he killed his own father. As a sign of respect for his father he placed two lions outside each temple to protect them."