After an 8+ hour bus ride from Yangon, we arrived in Bagan this morning at about 5:30 am. Our gracious hosts at the Bagan Riverside Hotel allowed Tun Tun and me to check in a little early.
In stark contrast to Yangon, the pace here seems slower. This is a river town and the languid pace of the chocolate milk colored Ayeyarwady River sets the tone for a day looking into Myanmar’s most visited tourist destinations. As the economy here continues to evolve, tourist destinations like Bagan, and others, provide critical funds for the residents and business owners in the area.
From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.
Tomorrow afternoon we leave Bagan for Mandalay where we are scheduled to meet with the President of the Mandalay Chamber of Commerce and the local Director of the Ministry of Commerce.
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Brit Fontenot | Director of Economic Development