- Glittering gold towers that are tens of meters high, beautiful large symmetrical temples of chalk, gigantic gold statues of Buddha looking down on visitors in the temples. This is scenery from the ancient ruins of Bagan, Myanmar's first dynasty, which prospered 1,000 years ago.
At the site where the capital was once located, 3,000 pagodas and temples remain to this day. How were so many structures made?
The democratization of Myanmar after years of rule by a military regime has finally made research possible. Now, the latest studies have revealed the existence of an amazing system that prevented wealth from concentrating among the privileged in this ancient city.