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December 28, 2003

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Bagan poses as the most spectacular sight in Burma: thousands of stupas cover the plain and rise to the sky like conical caps of mountain tops. Bagan beats as the heart of Burmese holiness; it's a city of pagodas and temples. A thousand years ago the Burmese built at least 5000 temples in two hundred years. The religious fervor ended when Kublai Khan and the Mongols sacked the city in 1287. It's remained untouched since.
Mutely watching the Ayeyarwady River, Bagan stands as a wonder of Asia.
Temples run to the horizon in all directions.
A postcard for every pagoda.