ဗဟန်းလမ်း, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
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Photo by Rhiannon Taylor
Shwedagon PagodaIt’s inevitable a trip to Myanmar is going to be full of pagoda sightseeing. The Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in all of Myanmar. It contains relics of Buddhas, including strands of hair and a piece of the robe of the Kassapa Buddha. The pagoda is over 2,500 years old and stands spectacularly over 110 meters tall on Singuttara Hill. Covered in gold plating, the pagoda’s stupa is incredibly ornate and encrusted in over 4,500 diamonds, the largest of which is 72 carats. Visiting this pagoda gives insight in to the huge role Buddhism plays in the day-to-day lives of the Myanmar people and you’ll likely see monks and locals offering flowers, worshipping, and washing the statues.
Rhiannon Taylor traveled on Abercrombie & Kent’s Myanmar & the Irrawaddy tour as part of AFAR’s partnership with the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more on Rhiannon’s journey, visit the USTOA blog.