Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon
Located in Yangon, the Shwedagon Pagoda is a gilded pagoda adorning the skyline of this Burmese city. It is also referred to as the Shwedagon Zedi Daw or the Great Dagon Pagoda. This pagoda was constructed more than 2500 years ago and houses holy relics including strands of Buddha’s hair. The site is located on the western side of the Royal Lake and top of the Singuttara Hill.
Initially, the Pagoda measured up to a height of 8.2 meters. However, the structure was damaged over the years and was rebuilt. Currently, it stands tall at a height of 110 meters and is embellished with numerous gold plates. The top of the stupa features as many as 4531 diamonds and the biggest of them is a 72 carat diamond.
The Shwedagon Pagoda is indeed a symbol of the history, culture, arts, architecture and heritage of Myanmar and features various statues, temples and stupas that are embodiments of the times that they were built in.
There are four entry points to the Pagoda that lead to the stairs which will finally take you to the platform on Singuttara Hill. A pair of leogryphs is installed at the entrance. The base of the stupa is made of bricks that are adorned with gold plates. In the past, monarchs have donated gold to the Pagoda to maintain the structure and people of the country continue to do so even today.
If you are planning a trip to Yangon, then do visit the Shwedagon Pagoda as a trip to the city is incomplete without a visit to this ancient pagoda.