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Pagoda Shwedagon in Yangon, Myanmar
This is exactly what the beautifully designed and postcardsworthy Shwedagon Pagoda is. It' the major tourist attractions in Yangon and often in Myanmar itself. The Swedagon Pagoda is undoubtedly the most beautyful sanctuary, but also the most beautyful church I have experienced. You can really enjoy a walk around the gold stupa itself, to the vast area and to the natives who come to meditate.
What is the best place to spend the night in Yangon? Swedagon is known as the oldest Buddhist stupa constructed 2600 years ago. According to the legends, it was constructed between the sixth and tenth centuries A.D. and is popular with historians and archaeologists. At the top of the room is the gold marble carved couch.
There were more silvery, golden, copper-alloyed, bronce, irons, marble and bricks coupé. Over the years, the stupa was lifted by the guides to its current altitude of 99 metres. Golden platters are covering the basis and the peak top is set with 5,448 jewels and 2,317 robin.
If you look at the pictures, you could think that the golden is only drawn on, although it actually consists of real golden records. Myanmar natives will be donating money to preserve the cloakroom. in Yangon with a business man who donated regular amounts of money. Donation of bullion began in the fifteenth century, when Queen Shin Sawbu put her weights into the bullion top.
Entrance to the Shwedagon Pagoda is $8.00. But I didn't know about the charge for my stay and went right in without pay. Opening times of Shwedagon Pagoda are 4. In Tabaung (March) and Wakhaung (June) the Shwedagon Pagoda is open 24h.
Situated in downtown Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda is easily accessible on foot or by means of transportation. Yangon's taxi and rickshaw services are inexpensive and offer an economical means of transportation. Like any visit to atemples in Asia, you are required to wear conservative clothing to preserve the cultural heritage and to honour visitors to the place of worship.
Finally, as usual, please take off your boots before you enter the Shwedagon Pagoda. Since the Shwedagon Pagoda is a sanctuary, many Myanmar and Buddhists are expecting them to pray to Buddha. Please keep in mind that even if it is a touristic destination for certain types of visitors, it is not for the local population and you should consider this.
Inside Shwedagon, the pagoda itself is completely breathtaking with the bright colours of golds in contrast to the crunchy whites. Myanmar is not the clearest land in all sincerity, and that is no mystery. I have never seen a clean place in Southeast Asia like the Shwedagon Pagoda. Surprisingly, the Shwedagon Pagoda is much more than just the Stupa itself, even though pictures in the press like to concentrate on this stupa.
Shwedagon' s terrain is full of Buddhas and the most amazingly colorful sacred monuments. The yard is lined with the real Pagode directly in the centre. The visit to the Shwedagon is undoubtedly one of the most astonishing experience I have had in Yangon. After a visit to myself, I spend my free time walking around in total respect for the astonishing architectural style, observing the natives at their spiritual ceremonies and taking far too many snaps.
So I walked to the Shwedagon Pagoda from where I stayed at the Backpackers Bed & Breakfast. It was relatively shallow, except for all the steps at the entry to the Shwedagon Pagoda. Like I said, I didn't really buy a drink to go to the Shwedagon Pagoda. Frankly, I don't know why they didn't stop me, but I was too occupied looking at the pretty gold stupa in front of me to see the cash register.
All in all I liked my stay at the Shwedagon Pagoda and it was the ideal way to start my adventure in Myanmar. This gave me an idea of the Buddha School and how important it is for the Myanmar population. Do you want more Yangon inspirations?