Myanmar Day 3 (continued)
After my half-day temple tour, I was finally able to check-in and rest at the guest house. Maybe I was so sleep-deprived and exhausted that I overslept! My first reaction when I woke up was, "Crap!". It was almost 5:00 PM, there's no way I can still catch the sunset at the Sunset Pagoda. Yes, I missed that only chance I got, because I only have one full day in Bagan. I'm taking the night bus back to Yangon the next day.
Since I couldn't do anything about it anymore, I just decided to visit the nearby Shwezigon Paya. Maybe I can catch the sunset there. I just walked towards the Shwezigon because it is "quite" near the guest house. And yes, I don't ride bikes. Walking in a foreign town is always fun for me. You get to observe the locals' daily lives more closely. I actually got a few strange looks from them. Probably because I was the only tourist who made my way there on foot haha! Fellow tourists were either on a bus (groups) or a bike (individuals).
It gave the paya a gloomy feel though. There are less tourist herds in the late afternoon which made it feel more like a desolate place. Or maybe it was just me - emo! Haha.
I found Shwezigon the second grandest next to the Shwedagon in Yangon.
Although smaller, I found the architecture very nice too.
Bird watching here was so calming. It must be the spiritual air of this place. I felt a little sad yeah, but my soul was somehow at peace.
|birds or pigeons?|
One of my observations was that, people pray silently first before ringing these bells.
The picture below was the biggest temple I saw off the pathway on my way back to the guest house. I thought of checking it out but it seemed so deserted.
“Coincidences mean you're on the right path.” ~Simon Van Booy, Love Begins in Winter: Five Stories
This is Part 7 of my Myanmar travel series.