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Mingalazedi View (Myanmar/Burma) Virtual Cache

Hidden : 04/06/2003
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Geocache Description:

An easy virtual cache at a location that provides a spectacular sunrise/sunset view over the surrounding countryside.

Mingalazedi View

The ruins at Bagan, in west-central Myanmar, are truly one of the wonders of the world. By some accounts, there are over 4,000 temples, pagodas, and shrines scattered around the dusty plains here, ranging in age from over 1,000 years old to still under construction, and in size from a garden shed to huge fortresses. They're one of the scenic highlights of Asia, if for no other reason than the scale, yet Bagan is quite obscure compared to other Asian architectural wonders like Angkor Wat or the Taj Mahal.

This virtual cache is located at Mingalazedi, a stupa built in 1277 at the end of the golden age of monument-building in Bagan. It's one of the few structures you're still allowed to climb on in the area, and it provides a great view at sunset of the surrounding pagodas as they catch the last rays of the sun, and at sunrise when the rising sun casts them in silhouette. It's also much less visited than Pyathada, a nearby pagoda that's also a popular sunset spot. This is a virtual because this temple is part of a UN World Heritage Site, and to me it seems inappropriate to place a physical cache near a potentially fragile, 800-year-old stupa.

Once you make the short but steep climb to the coordinates, you'll find a sign. For verification of your visit, email me what that sign says. Don't post your answer in your logs, even if encrypted. EDIT: Well, it seems that climbing on the stupa is now forbidden. That's a huge bummer! Instead of climbing to the now-inaccessible sign, you can claim this cache by getting as close as you legally can to the posted coordinates at taking a photo of yourself with your GPS.Good luck!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The government of Burma is known to have problems respecting the human rights of its people, and as a result some have called for a boycott of tourists. If you do visit, I urge you to travel responsibly, and most importantly, keep your eyes, ears, and mind open as you're travelling around.

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