Located in Myanmar, Shwedagon Pagoda is said to be a place of worship with much significance to the locals as well as Buddhists worldwide. This magnificent structure is an amazing work of art and is a great place to visit if you are traversing the country.
The majestic outlook
This place of worship, being Yangon’s most famous attraction, is about 99 meters tall. The entire pagoda is plated in gold and the spire is studded with real diamonds! The structure really comes aglow in the night when the spotlights are on. Its almost as if a temple from heaven appeared on earth!
As most pagodas in Burma, this too is said to have ancient origins that date back almost to the time of the Buddha nearly 2500 years ago. Believed to be created by the Mon people in the 6th century, the pagoda has been restructured many times over.
What makes this pagoda holy and important is that fact that it shelters 4 relics of the Buddha from the archaic period; The staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Koṇāgamana, a fragment of the robe of Kassapa and eight strands of hair from the head of Gautama.
Admire the local art
If you happen to be at a hotel in Yangon, don’t miss out on this opportunity to witness this brilliant pagoda. Further to its wonderful exterior are great works of Burmese style art that paint the stories of the past lives of Buddha. The attraction is just a short distance away from Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon and the likes.