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Myanmar - Yangon - Shwedagon Pagoda

 

The Shwedagon Pagoda – with its gleaming gold stupa – is the most sacred place in Myanmar with a history stretching back over 2600 years

Yangon lies in the fertile delta of southern Myanmar, on the wide Yangon River. The city is filled with shaded boulevards, while shimmering stupas float above the treetops. The city became the capital only in 1885, when the British completed their conquest of Upper Myanmar and Mandalay’s brief period as capital of the last Burmese kingdom ended. Spend half a day discovering the highlights of the city.

The Sule Pagoda is a gleaming octagonal pagoda that stands squarely at the centre point of the city. It was used by the British as the nucleus of their grid pattern for the city when it was rebuilt in the 1880s.

See the 8-metre-high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by the last Burmese king

Gain an insight into Myanmar in the National Museum. See the eight-metre-high Sihasana Lion Throne, used by the last Burmese king, and other fascinating artefacts from Burmese history and culture.

Finally, continue to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the highlight of any visit to Yangon. This gleaming gold pagoda is the most sacred place in Myanmar with a history stretching back over 2600 years. Visually, it dominates the Yangon skyline. Both pilgrims and visitors approach through the covered stairways that extend in each of the cardinal directions, lined with stalls selling ceremonial offerings and other religious items.

At the top are a series of shrines, pavilions and spires clustered at the base of a giant stupa, which itself is covered in over 60 tons of gold leaf. The Shwedagon and surrounding shrines are at their most beautiful during the sunset hour, as the golden stupa reflects the changing colours of twilight.

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