20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Offering Candle Light

Bagan is an ancient city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Bagan Kingdom, the first kingdom that unified the regions that would later constitute Myanmar. During the kingdom's height between the 11th and 13th centuries, more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone,of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas survive. This photo was taken in one of the ancient temples at Bagan,a young monk offering candlelight to Buddha Image.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Bagan, Myanmar
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Khant Zaw