Shwedagon Pagoda by Night, Yangon
Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar and worth not only visiting it during the day, but also at night. It is located to the north of Yangon between People’s Park and Kandawgyi Lake, and visible from almost everywhere in the city, being the main element in Yangon’s skyline.
The main entrance to the Shwedagon Pagoda is guarded by two lions-like creatures called chinthes, which act as guardians to the pagoda.
Once you enter, this stairway leads you to the pagoda and here is where you start feeling the majesty of what you are about to see.
Shwedagon Pagoda is breathtaking when you admire its golden colour. It’s 2,500 years old, 99 meters hight, and surrounded by 64 smaller pagodas plus four pagodas at the four cardinal points.
The stupa has 3 main parts: base, dome and spire. You can visit this Shwedagon Pagoda website for a detailed explanation of its architecture.
Close-up view of the the uppermost part called “hti”, meaning umbrella. It is encrusted with 4,531 diamonds, the largest of which is 72 carat.
Shwedagon Pagoda is always full of worshippers who pray and light candles in a quiet and respectful way creating a magical atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. The following pictures are some examples: