Blue Hour

Yangon, Myanmar.

     An amazing sight (site) indeed. I’ve seen alot of monuments and pagodas all over the world and am usually tough to impress these days, but the Shwedagon is impressive. Built on a hill in the middle of Yangon and being the highest structure in the city, it can be seen for miles around.
 
     2500 years old, plated in gold, encrusted with 5448 diamonds and 2317 rubies and tipped off at the top with a single 76 carat diamond. Relics of the last four buddha’s kept inside. A platform containing hundreds of shrines and statues surrounds the main pagoda. Incense burning, rugs laid down, bells ringing. Four staircases leading up. A constant stream of monks, faithful and worshippers only adds to the atmosphere. A cultural and religious centerpiece. Historically, an area of “last stand resistance” in war due to its elevated position and defendability. It’s definitely an icon of the city and a center for the Buddhist religion. There’s nothing like it that I’ve seen or heard of.
 
  
 September 24, 2010
 
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9 comments on “Blue Hour

    • Bats … thanks for the continuing comments. …and you’ll be happy to know that your comments are now automatically “approved” when posted. I don’t know why or how, but yours are the only one’s. Ha. Inside? Ummm, I guess, no, not inside the actual pagoda. The only one’s allowed inside there are the caretakers, but the Schwedagon is massive and encompasses probably more than a square mile area …so yes. For hours 🙂
      Thanks for the comments,
      John

    • IEAtom,
      Thanks for comments. …and no, I didn’t encounter any problems at all due to the political ssituation. I did enecounter other problems, but mostly due to a lack of “good money” but everything worked out in the end. It’s a great country and even greater people.
      Thanks again
      John

  1. I’m thinking of going to Myanmar, did you write about your travel experience there or any travel tips? Thanks.
    I love your photos by the way.

    • TBT …haven’t written anything about Myanmar yet but it looks like you may have a bit of travel expereince. Treat Myanamr as you would any country in SE Asia. The biggest worry is getting in. Get a visa in your home country. The only issue I had was with money – bring absolutely crisp, clean, new American dollars if possible. When I say new, I mean new. No marks, no creases, no folds… Other than that, fantastic country. Fantastic people.
      Thanks for the comment, John

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