Shwedagon Pagoda
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Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda
Set on a hill overlooking Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda is the country’s most sacred Buddhist site, said to enshrine eight strands of Buddha’s hair. It’s also the most impressive, with hundreds of vibrantly colored and intricately decorated temples and statues dating back 2,500 years. Rising above it all is a 328-foot-tall glittering stupa that’s adorned in gold leaf and encrusted with 4,500-plus diamonds—including one that measures a whopping 72 carats. More than anything else, though, the pagoda is a quiet haven where locals and monks come to worship and meditate.
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