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Pagoda Shwedagon - Pictures of Burma's holiest place
This was one of the first things that pointed out when we drove on the rough Yangon highway after we landed. I could only see the top of the pagoda from our remote street location, although it was a pretty big top. Next morning I came back to see the Shwedagon Pagoda up-close and took some photos of the sanctuary.
I took off my boots at the front door, bought my $5 entry ticket and drove up the escalators to get to the temple's patio bottom. On one side of the sanctuary a telescopic sight is attached and if you have the opportunity, it is definitely a good idea to take a look at the glamourous tip of the stupa.
I took out my sun glasses to prevent my eyeballs from burning on the mirror and went a few circles around the pagoda. SWEDAGON Pagoda was constructed about 2500 years ago, but the precise date is not known. Having found the mound, which had already been consecrated with a number of other relicts, the Brethren concluded that it would be a great place to construct today's Shwedagon Pagoda.
It has undergone a range of quakes and catastrophes since its construction, but it has lived and has been restored to its present state. It has been the most sacred place of Buddhist sanctuary in Burma for about 500 years. As the pagoda was circumnavigated, a group of Burmese arrived from the back door, all in formal dress.
Respecting each other, they went around the pagoda in a row, wearing sacrificial objects on their head and some with expensive canopies. The first time I got to Yangon, I admitted that I was a little sceptical - I thought I could see it all from the street and didn't have to pay the $5 for it.
But I know it's not much cash, but my mind is used to thinking about the kitchen, and $5 will buy a considerable amount of Myanmarese! I am very happy that I chose to make the payment and go into the sanctuary, it was really an astonishing memorial and to see the ceremonies was also a great sight.
Besides the visit to the pulsating Thiri Mingalar Market, the Shwedagon Pagoda was one of the most remarkable places I had during my visit to Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). When you visit Yangon, take a look at the important Yangon tourist information before arriving there.