National Geographic : 1931 Oct
Photograph by William H.Roberts THE NUMBER OF TEMPLES WHICH MAY BE VISITED AT PAGAN DEPENDS UPON ONE'S LEISURE "Jerusalem, Rome, Kieff, Benares, none of the sacred cities of the world, can boast the multitude of temples and the lavishness ofdesign and ornament that make marvelous the deserted capital on the Irrawaddy. . . . For eight miles along the river bankand extending toadepth oftwo miles inland, the whole space is thickly studded with pagodas of all sizes and shapes, and the very ground is so thickly covered with the crumbling remnants ofancient shrines that, according to the popular saying, it is impossible to move hand or foot without touching a sacredthing."-Sir George Scott, K.C.I.E.