My time in Yangon, the largest city and former capital of Myanmar, was pretty short so the only sight I visited was the Shwedagon Pagoda. As you can see from these pictures, it was very, very rainy and grey during my stay in Yangon. But, hey, you can’t always guarantee beautiful weather on every single day of a year-long trip!
The Shwedagon Pagoda is considered the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar. It’s located on top of Singuttara Hill so it can be seen from across the city. The pagoda is about 325ft tall and is covered with gold plates. There are lots of other pagodas surrounding the main one, and many relics including the Buddha’s footprint and the Bodhi Tree.
Visitors to the pagoda take part in rituals, such as visiting their planetary post. Burmese Buddhists have planetary posts depending on the day of the week they were born. You can visit your post and offer donations, or pour water over the statue while giving a prayer.
The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the top sights to see in Myanmar. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place to spend some time, even on a grey and rainy day! I hope you enjoy these pictures. Leave me a comment if you did. 🙂
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