The satellites of Bagan

A travel story about Nyaung U and New Bagan, two towns in the vicinity of the Bagan temples in Myanmar.

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Competing towns of Bagan
The Himalayan, 28 November 2014

Cuddled within the bend of Ayerwaddy River in central Myanmar sits a fascinating landscape comprising of over 3,000 ancient monuments scattered across thousands of hectares of farmland. Towards either end are towns that tie together the landscape like twists of a candy wrapper. These two towns Nyaung U and New Bagan have totally different stories to tell about their past. Today, however, both are competing for the tourists that have started to come in droves to experience this unique heritage site.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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