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One one of the last days in Myanmar, we decided to take some time off and visit one of the very few tourist attractions in this once vibrant South East Asian City, the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
an alternate childhood

There is a US $5 entrance fee for foreigners, but interestingly, the local currency is not accepted. There was no guide books or brochures given, all you get is a place to place your shoes (no shoes allowed in the pagoda) and a sticker to indicate you are a paid “customer”.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
the main pagoda

The main pagoda is 98 meters high, and is at least over 1,000 years old, with some believe that it was actually built before the death of Lord Buddha, some 25 centuries ago. There are multiple structures and probably hundreds of statues, some with gold plating.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
gold plated Buddha statues

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
roof of the gallery from main road

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
the Singu Min Bell

The pagoda was filled with quite a lot of pilgrims and visitors alike, with many monks as well.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
monks and pilgrims

It was a gloomy and rainy afternoon that makes for a very miserable condition for photography. The fact that I only had the camera for a few days didn’t help the matter either. The photos you see here do not give justice to the magnificent structure that is Shwedagon Pagoda, a place really worth visiting.