Bagan, the people • Myanmar

Discover Bagan, the former capital of the Pagan Empire, in this captivating video under 5 minutes. Explore the majestic temples and rural life of this legendary region in Myanmar. Witness the harmony between historical heritage and contemporary life, showcasing Bagan's rich cultural and spiritual depth.
00:00 • intro | 01:20 • an ox cart | 01:42 • a village near Bagan | 02:21 • preparing a meal | 03:02 • at school | 03:25 • preparing the oxen's meal | 04:51 • another oxcart

made with photos and videos taken during the trip Myanmar • Burma (EN)

Bagan, former capital of the Pagan Empire

If Bagan in Burma (now called Myanmar) was once the capital of the Pagan Empire, and as such was covered with thousands of temples, pagodas and monasteries, it is nowadays more famous for its sacred landscape which of course includes all the buildings built in the times of its political splendor.

But to create a landscape as remarkable as that of Bagan, temples and other religious buildings are not enough.

Bagan, the countryside

The beauty of the site is also due to the result of the work of local farmers, without whom a thick jungle would probably cover the architectural treasures that make the world dream.

The surroundings of Bagan are like the other countryside of the country. Men and women harvesting their vegetables and fodder for domestic animals. The oxen pull carts full of hay. Children play and go to school.

A very prestigious archaeological site does not prevent normal life from unfolding in the surroundings.


about the place, Bagan:

The city of Bagan in Burma (Myanmar) is listed as a Unesco Heritage Site. Its name means "the city which tramples its enemies". The city's origins date back to the 9th century. It was the capital of the Pagan Empire. During the 250 years of the city's heyday, thousands of religious buildings were built. A thousand stupas, ten times more small temples and around 3000 monasteries were created in these blessed times for the inhabitants of the region. We are talking about a period from 1044 to 1287.

Many of these buildings were destroyed during wars or by earthquakes but there are enough left to amaze the most demanding tourists.


Spoken comments in the film: 

Bagan, former capital classified as World Heritage by Unesco is known to tourists from all over the world for its astonishing temples by the thousands which it is impossible to escape.

But beyond this indisputable historical interest, Bagan is like other cities in Myanmar ... in addition to the temples, there are people who live there.

Here are some pictures of life in the surrounding countryside.

But it is also true that these images could have been taken anywhere in Myanmar.


Myanmar, bullock cart, Bagan • Myanmar
farm in a nearby village, Bagan • Myanmar

farm in a nearby village

meal preparation, Bagan • Myanmar

meal preparation

school in a village, Bagan • Myanmar

school in a village

ox cart, Bagan • Myanmar

ox cart

Bagan, Myanmar