November 2, 2015

Shwedagon Pagoda

Having just 4 hours before a night bus from Yangon to Mandalay, I have no choice but to visit this pagoda for a rest and wifi free. ;) (The wifi is too slow, but then i realize that it is slow everywhere in Myanmar). 

From RGN airport to the Shwedagon Pagoda is about 8,000 Kyats. 

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The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most famous pagodas in the world and it is certainly the main attraction of Yangon, Myanmar’s capital city. 

Locally known as Shwedagon Zedi Daw The, it sits atop of a hill and is 99 meters high. It can be seen from most places of Yangon day and night as the golden roof illuminates the city. 

According to some, the pagoda is 2,600 years old, making Shwedagon the oldest pagoda in the world. 

However, no official documents attesting its construction exist and its age is still a matter of debate.

The main gold-plated dome is topped by a stupa containing over 7,000 diamonds, rubies, topaz and sapphires, the whole giddy concoction offset by a massive emerald positioned to reflect the last rays of the setting sun. 

There is little wonder that the Shwedagon is referred to in Myanmar as "The crown of Burma." 

As Myanmar's most revered shrine it has always been customary for families, mendicants and followers of the Buddha to make the pilgrimage to the Shwedagon in much the same way that Muslims feel compelled to visit the Kaaba at Mecca at least once in their lifetime. 


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