Shwedagon Pagodashedagon pagoda
Yangon Shwedagon Pagoda (Rangoon)
They can get any kind of kitchen in Canangon. Nowadays there are many five stars hostels and local dining establishments for a charge sharathon, pulledman, pan pacifica, nonotel. You can eat about $25-30 in a five-star restaurant - otherwise it wouldn't take more than $4-5. Also you have grocery stores like kfc, etc. in Jangon.
Below is the story and lay-out of Shwedagon Paya. According to tradition, there has been a mock-up on Singuttara Hill for 2600 years, since two merchants, Tapussa and Ballika, hit the Buddha. And he gave them eight of his hair to take them back to Myanmar, a country governed by King Okkalapa.
Archeologists suspect that the initial mon mock-up was made between the sixth and tenth century. Like many other old zedis in earthquake-prone Myanmar, it was reconstructed several avenues. Throughout the Bagan (pagan) era of Myanmar's past (10th to Fourteenth centuries), the storyline of the stupas appeared out of the fog of legends and became a harsh fact.
It was in the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries that the traditional method of gilt the stupas began. The queen, Shinsawbu, who was in charge of many enhancements to the Stupa, provided her own 88 pound cast iron mass, which was struck into solid gold and used to shroud the structures. Dhammazedi, her son-in-law, went many a step better and offered fourfold his own body mass and that of his woman in silver.
Dhammazedi's 300-ton dome was attacked by the Portugese adventurer Filipe de Brito e Nicote from his Thanlyin station in 1612 to melt it for canons. Like the British were later to do with another bells, he unintentionally let it fall into the stream where it is.
Hsinbyushin had it practically converted to its present size, and its present layout comes from this work. The area was invaded by English forces for two years immediately after the First Anglo-Burmese War in 1824. During the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852, the Brits recaptured the river and plundered it again and stayed under the command of the army for 77 years, until 1929.
Before the UK took over South Burma, there was a lot of ground work around the river but it was significantly expanded by the UK. King Mindon Min of Mandalay's supply of a new Hungarian parasol-like decoration tip (hti) in 1871 gave the Brits a severe headache, who were not at all interested in establishing such a connection with the still autonomous part of Myanmar.
In 1930, the great quake that completely devastated the Shwemawdaw in Bago did little harm to Shwedagon. In the following year it was not so happy when Paeta was suffering from a severe fire. Following another small quake in 1970, the building was covered with a frame of trellis of bamboo extending beyond the 100-year-old King Mindon Hill.
After the cyclone Nargis in 2008, the rebuilt mock-up also had to be made. Shwedagon Paya has been the site of numerous policy activities during Myanmar's liberation struggle over the past few hundred years - Aung San Suu Kyi talked to huge masses here in 1988, and the sanctuary continued to be the focus of monks' protest in 2007.
On top of the mound, the mound is 167 feet above sealevel, with the whole compound occupying 114 acre. Like in Myanmar temperates, the front fence is accessed by four fence dan (covered corridors), each of which is accompanied at its entry by a couple of 30-foot high chinthas (semi lion/semi dragon deities).
When you don't want to take the stairs, there are lifts at the south, east and north entries, while the west fence has one. From the shadow of the fence dan, a technical visually brilliantly shining sacophony appears on the marbled patio, dotted with gazebos and churches with pictures of Buddhas and two huge casting beenlls.
In the middle of the patio, Shwedagon Paya is sitting on a 21-foot pedestal over the confusion of the central deck, immediately placing the stupa over the smaller shelters. This is the basis from which the zedo arises first in three patios, then in "octagonal" patios and then in five round ribbons.
It is crowned by the'inverted bowl', another one of the tradional elements of storefront building, and above it are the bands, then the'lotus leaves'. This is the last part of the cedar before the jewelled heti towers above it. Eight planet poles around the basis of the Stupa correspond to the weekdays; the natives are praying at the ward, which marks the date of their birth.
Notice that Wednesday is subdivided into mornings' and afternoons' birthrates - for the latter, adore the Rahu Station at the north-western edge of Papua-Basis. You will visit the small fossil record collection of Buddhist sculptures and ornamentation before you leave the front patio.
Pay attention to the scaled version of the mock-up and the nice picture of the MT Hlatempel. It is also a worthwhile viewing the picture galleries, especially for the close-ups it shows from the top of the Stupa.