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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Shwezigon Paya at Dusk

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).


So I was walking in this path way nobody uses, except the locals (all of them were entering from the parking area), when I noticed a familiar figure. Yes it was him, the guy I met at the Sunrise Temple earlier that day. He was talking to the local vendors near the temple entrance. I don't know who saw who first, but when our paths crossed we were like "Hey!". He said he was just leaving to head to the riverside. He asked me about my plans afterwards. I told him nothing, just dinner. Then he told me about this restaurant near the bus station with good food and fast wifi, and gave me the time he'll be there. I just said I'll try to catch him there then.


I came exactly when the sun was setting. It may not be the best spot for it, but still it was lovely.

Shwezigon Sunset

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.

melancholic dusk

I found Shwezigon the second grandest next to the Shwedagon in Yangon.

stunning shrines

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.

I will just tell you more about the Shwezigon Paya on my next post. The dreary mood on this day's photos didn't make me feel like describing it earnestly.


I just had my dinner at a nearby place that night, at the Shwe Moe Restaurant. It turned out to be great! I had my tastiest dish in Bagan that night. Love love their Chicken with Cashew Nuts! However, I felt a bit guilty for not showing up in the "other" restaurant. It was quite distant to the guest house and I don't feel like looking for a nameless place (he can't remember the name, yeah). Tourists don't (or can't) use local cellular service in Myanmar so it's harder to get in touch with the people you meet. I just hoped he didn't wait for me there for so long.

“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.


  1. teh, sayang yung boylet!

    1. Hahaha! LOL

      Well, I was found again the next day. ;)