In Bagan, Myanmar we rented electric motor scooters and went on an adventure. On the motor scooters you technically did not have to wear helmets, but through a lot of effort my parents were able to get two helmets for my sister and me. My dad and I were on one scooter. My sister and my mom were on another scooter together. When I first got on one of the electric motor scooters, I was excited and scared. I had never been on a motor scooter before and I was worried that I might fall off. These scooters had different speed levels. Each level had a maximum speed. The first level had a maximum speed of 40 kilometers per hour and that was the level that my parents would only allow. After we tested the motor scooters and had our helmets, we set off to see some temples.
There were previously 13,000 temples in Bagan, but you can only visit about 3,000 of these today. Our first stop was a temple that was built in the 11th century. At the entrance of the temple, there was a big gold painted Buddha that was about 7 meters tall. Inside the temple there were tunnels that led to meditation caves. We had to use flashlights to move through the tunnels to get to the caves. My mom did not want to crawl through the little hole to get to the meditation cave. I think my mom was scared of the rat that I had just seen!
After we finished this visit, we got back on our scooters to continue our adventure. We drove along back roads and the highway to find more temples. We had to park our scooters in a small village because the road was too rocky, sandy and steep. We were all worried that we would wipe out if we drove the scooters down the hill! After walking for about a half of a kilometer, we finally came upon a monastery surrounded by lots and lots of temples. Each temple had a Buddha statue inside. If you want to go inside the temples, you need to take off your shoes and socks. We only went inside a few of these because we were wearing running shoes and socks and it was a bother to take these off again and again.
Next, we wanted to find the Dhamma Yan Gyi Pahto. In some spots on the road there was a lot of sand and it felt like we were driving on a beach. The scooter was sliding around in the sand. Fortunately, my dad had strong arms and we did not fall over. My mom and my sister almost fell over once! When we finally arrived at the Dhamma Yan Gyi Pahto, we found the stairway and went straight to the top. The roof of this temple had a panoramic view of the 3000 other temples in Bagan.
We spent the rest of the day zooming around Bagan to try to find more temples. There was always a Buddha statue in each temple. Some of the Buddhas have gold leaf on them, some have gold paint, and some were just painted white and red. We probably visited about 12 temples this day. It was a nice and fun day in Bagan.