The ancient city of Bagan is located in the Mandalay Region of Burma. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was capital and a center point of The Kingdom of Bagan. The city itself is a historical marble and has a great meaning and a great value for unifying the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. Famous as a center of Buddhist scholarship it is a symbol of national pride and a cradle of religion. Bagan was a cosmopolitan center for religious and secular studies with some 2000 temples, monasteries and pagodas.
In order to make this place a global tourist attraction the government launched a major restoration wave. Despite these efforts many critics are against the restorations saying it paid little attention to original architectural. Today the ancient Burmese city of Bagan still struggles for International recognition.