Myanmar: Cows, Goats, Broken Bikes & Bagan Temple Celebrations (video)


WATCH: 28 Cows, Goats, Broken Bikes & Bagan Temple Celebrations, Myanmar

October 14, 2012 Our day on the bikes in Bagan started with a herd of goats crossing Arwathagee Road, the paved road and the dirt path then we biked through a herd of Oxen and Cows. We were on our way to the big temple: Dhamma-yan-gyi, where we saw twin Buddhas, stone tablets, and people adding gold leaf. This temple was built in three years from 1163-1165, and is similar to Ananda Temple.

Stopped at Shwe San Daw paya, which is famous for visiting at sunset. You can climb up and there is even a railing.

Our next stop was Gubyauk Gyi (Myinkaba Village) built in 1113AD. There are no photos or videos allowed inside. The interior art work is truly remarkable. A guide shared his large light with us so we could see the details.

Nan-paya Temple was not crowded at 1:30pm as it was so hot out, most days it was 40C or 104F. From the simple outside of the building you would not guess about the intricate relief work inside. This temple had damage in 1974 earthquake, the large standing Buddha outside fell down. The sandstone carvings on the inside reminded us for Angkor Wat.

Nearby at Ma-nu-ha phaya, we met a large school group, and saw large Buddhas, both sitting and lying. I heard a large popping sound and realized I had a flat tire on my bike. Some kids saw us walking our bike through Old Bagan and took us to a repair shop.

Later at Be Kind to Animals, The Moon Vegetarian restaurant near Min-o-chan-thar, hsu-taung-pyi Temple, we ate Myanmar Tomato Curry and Vegie Chipati, peanuts and tamarind flake candy and COLD WATER!! What a hot day!

This movie is from our 28 days in Myanmar (Burma) from September 28, 2012 to October 26, 2012 and our year TRIP in South East Asia, see all the videos from our trip.

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

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