Ethnic Diversity in Myanmar

Myanmar is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world, with a population of approximately 53 million people divided into 135 different groups. People in Myanmar are called Burmese, and there are eight major national ethnic races identified officially are Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Bamar, Rakhine, and Shan. While it is true that Myanmar has breathtaking historical sites you don’t want to miss, its real charm resides in its people. Let's take a look at some famous ethnic groups in Myanmar.

Luxury Cruising the Irrawaddy Between Bagan and Yangon or Bagan and Mandalay

For anyone heading to Myanmar, a stop to Bagan is definitely a must. Known as the land of ancient ruins and pagodas, this city in the Mandalay region is frequented by many. Last month, Myanmar was chosen as one of the 15 hottest destinations billionaires are traveling to in 2019 by Business Insider. And, one of the highlights mentioned there, in addition to the historic Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, is the luxurious boat trip along the Irrawaddy River between Yangon and Bagan.

Mural Painting Arts in Bagan Temples, Myanmar

A mural — a painting on a wall, ceiling, or other large permanent surface — dated to prehistoric times such as the paintings inside the caves, temples and pagodas. There are many techniques in mural painting arts and the most well known is probably "Fresco", which uses water soluble paints with a damp lime wash. The colors lighten when dried.

Guide for Visiting Temples in Myanmar

Myanmar is unrivalled for the numbers of temples and pagodas in Southeast Asia. A trip to the iconic and picture perfect Bagan is a must do during any Myanmar adventure. Our memories of the pagoda and temple filled landscape, the endless sunrises and sunsets and the early morning bike rides on the dusty Bagan roads will stay with us forever. From sunrises and sunsets, to what to pack for a Bagan adventure, here’s our temples visiting guide to help plan a perfect Bagan visit!

6 Must-See Temples in Bagan with Historical Story Background

Fervent believers in Theravada Buddhism, the Bagan kings and their subjects built over 10,000 stupas throughout their metropolis between the 9th and 13th centuries CE. It couldn't last, however, the Kingdom crumbled under Mongol attack in the 13th century. The temples that remain — only a fifth of the original number — only hint at the riches and grandeur of Bagan's heyday.

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