“It is like an old lady putting on thick makeup trying to look young…” This is one of Alex’s kidding comment of Shwedagon Paya of Yangon. This Pagoda has been classified as a ‘must see’ site in Myanmar.

On the back of its entrance ticket (cost US$5), there are a long description of Shwedagon Paya, which gives me a brief history of this pagoda.

It wrote, ‘The origin of Shwedagon Pagoda materialized in brilliant epoch in Buddhist history over 2500 years ago. In India, Prince Siddhartha had just attained Buddhahood when he was visited by two brothers Tapussa and Bhallika, merchants from Myanmar who offered a gift of honey cakes. In return, the Buddha personally removed eight hairs from his head and gave these to the two brothers for enshrinment in their native town of Okkalapa which is now the City of Yangon. On their return, the two brothers presented the Buddha’s hairs to King of Okkalapa who erected the pagoda and shrined the eight hairs together with the relics of previous three Buddhas. The original height of the pagoda was 66 feet. From the 14th century onward successive monarchs in Myanmar rebuilt or regilded it until Shwedagon reached its present height of 326 feet. It has ten unique different sections, namely, the base, the three terraces called “Pyisayan”, the so called “Khaung Laung” because of its bell shaped, the “Baung Yit” with distant embossed bands, the “Thabeik” (monk’s food bow!) the “Kya-lan” an omamental lotus flower, the “Hngnet Pyaw-Bu” (Banana Bud), the “Hti” (Umbrella), the “Hngetmana”, the flag shape vane which revolves to the direction of wind, and the Seinbu (Diamond bud). The “Hti” the “Hngetmana” and the “Seinbu” are decorated enlaid with 3154 gold bells, 79569 diamonds and other precious stones.

Pictures follow… However, Shwedagon Paya is not my favorite Pagoda in Myanmar… for some unknown reasons…

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Tired workers were taking an afternoon nap behind a main hall…

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Buddha’s footprint…

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Cleaned up…

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Praying…

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More praying or meditation…

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Big Buddha Statue

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The novice monk who showed us around…

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Lots of people taking their nap in the pagoda…

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A side view of Swedagon Paya…

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