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You will enter Myanmar at Yangon taking a couple of days to acclimatise and explore this charming city
The gleaming golden spires of the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda (also Shwe Dagon Pagoda or Shwedagon Paya) in Myanmar have become a symbol of Buddhism across the globe, as well as one of the architectural wonders of the religious world.
Said to be over 2,500 years old and visible from almost anywhere in Yangon, this ancient holy relic rests on the western side of the Royal Lake on Singuttara Hill in Yangon and acts as a repository of the best of Myanmar heritage in architecture, sculpture and arts. Steeped in mystery and consisting of hundreds colourful temples, stupas, and statues that reflect an architectural era spanning almost two centuries, the main zedi, which stands over 100m high, is adorned with 27 metric tons of gold leaf and thousands of diamonds and other gems, the largest of which is 72-carats. The zedi is believed to enshrine eight hairs of the Gautama Buddha, as well as relics of three former Buddhas and is revered as one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites.
Legend has it that the stupa has been on Singuttara Hill for 2600 years, when two merchant brothers, Tapussa and Ballika, met the Buddha, who gave them eight of his hairs to take back to Myanmar, a land ruled over by King Okkalapa. The king enshrined the hairs in a temple of gold, together with relics of three former Buddhas, which was then enclosed in a number of temples made of silver, tin, copper, lead, marble and finally, iron-brick.
Head to the holy shrine in the cool of dawn to avoid the crowds and enjoy a quiet, contemplative time, or pay your respects as the sun sets over the stupa and engulfs her golden spires in crimson and burnt orange rays of light.
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