Bagan in Burma is known for its more than 4,000 temples in a 26-square-mile space within a dusty, flat plain. The best time to experience the serenity and scope of Bagan is at dawn and dusk. Photographer Cynthia Dial, Cynthia’s blog
Bagan formerly Pagan, is an ancient city in the Mandalay Division of Burma. Formally titled Arimaddanapura or Arimaddana (the City of the Enemy Crusher) and also known as Tambadipa (the Land of Copper) or Tassadessa (the Parched Land), it was the capital of several ancient kingdoms in Burma. It is located in the dry central plains of the country, on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwady River, 90 miles (140 km) southwest of Mandalay.