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Bagan: Thanaka Lady and the People at Shwezigon Paya

The thanaka layered faces of brothers at Shwezigon
The thanaka layered faces of brothers at Shwezigon

There are more than 4400 temples in Bagan. Even staying here for more than a week, there’s a slim chance to see all of them. While there are must-see temples and charming unpopular ones, for me the memorable ones are those where I encountered interesting people that adds character to the payas. And early on my first day in Nyaung U, Shwezigon Paya was one of those memorable payas I visited in Bagan.

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Bagan: May Kha Lar and Chasing Sunrise at Thetyapho Paya

Chuni chasing the Balloon in Bagan
Chuni chasing the Balloon in Bagan

Do I try to sleep or do I go out explore? Its 5am in the morning and somehow doing some chores has dampened the sleepiness I was feeling earlier. I just arrived from my Bus ride from Yangon and checked in at May Kha Lar Guest House in Nyaung U, Bagan and the first thing I did was do the laundry so it would dry out for the day. I lay for a few minutes on the bed but I couldn’t sleep so I took my camera bag and tripod and went out in the early morning blue.