Shwedagon Pagoda – The Largest Gilded Building

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

It would be incomplete for a visit to Myanmar without seeing Shwedagon Pagoda. Being built over 2500 years ago during the time of Gautama Buddha, this gold-encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda is considered as the Golden Glory and the Soul of the Myanmar People.

Situated on the sacred hill, it towers over the whole city and rises nearly 100 meters. You can reach to the Pagoda from all sides of the hill, and on along the stairways of these entrances, there are many vendors selling different kinds of religious items. Up on the entrance to the Shrine, there is a pair of lions guarding. Getting to Shwedagon, you will experience its elegant and symmetrical architecture beauty. Its Spire is made up of a thick gold with numerous diamonds, rubies and precious gems embedded in it.

The lighting effect in the Shwedagon Stupa gives it a special feel as if the entire place is lilting in the aura of Lord Buddha. For this reason, the best time to visit this Shwedagon Pagoda is just before the sunset when you can enjoy the changes of the shining gold in different tones according to the radiant of the setting sun.

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