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