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.
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Kandawgyi Lake is an enchanting place in Yangon. It’s got beautiful natural scenery and is home to one of Yangon’s landmarks: the Karaweik.
The Karaweik is a unique palace built in the form of a royal barge and facing the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda. It is 39 meters wide and 82 meters long.
Karaweik the name for a mythical bird with a melodious cry.
Beautiful view of the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda from the teak bridge in the lake. It’s a romantic place, there are always young couples enjoying the peace and tranquility, away from the noise of Yangon.
There is a teak bridge that crosses the lake. It’s very enjoyable to walk along it, surrounded by nature.
Here you can see a local monk enjoying an evening stroll.
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Main entrance of Shewdagon Pagoda, guarded by two lions.
Ornate covered stairway leading up to the pagoda.
Beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda with a tree branch from the People’s Park in the foreground.
Side entrance to the walkway leading up to the Shwedagon Pagoda.
Small alters that surround the base of the pagoda. In the evenings Buddhist worshipers light candles and incense here.
Small shrine to one side of the pagoda, ringed by alters containing images of Buddha.
Monk meditating in the small shrine from the previous image. Monks in Myanmar typically spend a large part of their day meditating.
Man paying respects to Buddha by offering drinking water. There are 7 different alters around the main pagoda, one for each day of the week and Buddhist worshipers pray in the alter of … Read More »