Southeast Asia Tour 2015
Yangon | Myanmar
29 Nov 2015 | Sun
Day 11 of 46
Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon
The Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is one of the most iconic sites in all of Southeast Asia. Located atop Singuttara Hill, the pagoda stands at 325 feet (ca. 99 m) and is believed to be over 2500 years old. It’s a symbol of Myanmar’s rich Buddhist heritage and is considered to be one of the holiest sites in Buddhism.
The pagoda’s main stupa is covered with 60 tons of gold leaf and encrusted with thousands of diamonds, rubies, sapphires, topaz, jade, and other precious stones. At night, it illuminates with thousands of lights that reflect off its golden surface, making it an awe-inspiring sight.
Visitors come from around the world just to see this incredible structure, which includes religious statues and shrines, as well as a variety of souvenir stalls selling everything from jewelry to traditional puppets.