It is not uncommon for 110-degree winds to howl with great force through the shadowed corridors of the temples of Bagan during the summer months. To witness red robed monks passing through the enormous, windy passageways is breathtaking. The monk here in his blowing cloth gazes out one of portals to the vast landscape of temples outside. The luminosity on the stone floors is born from thousands of years of naked footfall, never trod upon by a shoe; for a bare foot is a mark of humility.
The temples of Bagan cover an area of sixteen square miles. The majority of its buildings were built in the 1000s to 1200s when Bagan was the capital of the First Burmese Empire. King Narathu reigned from 1167 to 1170 and built Dhammayangyi, the largest temple in Bagan