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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Monastery on the north side of Inle Lake and near Nyaung Shwe. Surrounded by countryside and on top of a mountain with spectacular views.
Stairs carved out of the land lead up to the monastery.
Monk’s robe hangs to dry in the sun on a bamboo cane.
Novice monk sitting enjoys the warmth of the evening sun on the the monastery’s balcony.
Altar with Buddha images inside the monastery where novice monks pray.
Sleeping area next to the altar in the previous picture.
On the left side there’s a tap and cement basin where the monks shower and do their laundry. The washed robes are hung out on the bamboo cane to dry.
Meditation hut. The monks had hung some leaves to dry to use to make tea.
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When the sun starts setting in Bagan, everybody is is in a rush on their bicycles to get to one of the popular temples to watch the sunset.
You can see a spectacular sunset from almost any temple.
The views are not only stunning from the top of a temple, but also from the ground like in this picture.
Bright red sky just after the sun has dissapeared.
Buddha inside one of Bagan’s temples with his hands in “No Fear” position.
At the entrance of every temple there are vendors with crowded bird cages.
Worshiper buying a bird at Kheng Hock Keong Temple in Yangon.
She prays with the bird at the entrance of the temple before setting it free.
According to Buddhist beliefs, releasing birds earns you merit. It can also symbolizes letting go of troubles.
Kheng Hock Keong is the oldest Chinese Buddhist and Taoist temple in Yangon, situated in chinatown. It was founded in 1861 by the Hokkien community and dedicated to Mazu, the Sea goddess. Kheng Hock Keong means “Temple in celebration of prosperity/fortune” and the name was chosen in gratitude to Mazu for her blessings during their sea voyages and for their prosperity and fortune in Burma.
Statue of the Guardian spirit at the entrance of the temple. Buddhas adorn his crown.
This is the left altar with Guan Gong statue representing him in Bravery & Conquer mood. Guan Gong is the God of war.
The combination of flowers, offerings and incense smoke creates a very special ambiance.
Kheng Hock Keong temple is full of statues, flowers and other decorations in colourful red.
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Kyauk Daw Kyi Pagoda is in Insein Township and it is famous for it’s white marble stone Buddha. Next to this pagoda you can find Hsin Hpyu Daw Park with 3 Royal White Elephants.
Lion and serpent (Naga) decorating the stairs leading to the main chapel entrance. Lions are guardians of the temples and are in pairs at the entrance. In Buddhism lions are symbolic of the bodhisattvas, the “sons of the Buddha”.
The seated Buddha was sculptured out from a single piece of white marble stone.
A lot of people come to Kyauk Daw Kyi Pagoda to pray.
Amazing the sitting posture to pray of these women, specially the one on the right at her age. They have a hair comb in the typical Myanmar style.
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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 »
Landscape of the amazing Bagan temples.
The temples of Bagan provide a stunning backdrop to this field of wheat.
Bullock cart travelling through Bagan.
The Bagan landscape, each temple with a unique architectural styles.
Buddha sitting cross-legged eating from a bowl.
Entrance to one of the temples in Bagan.
Buddha in the altar of one of Bagan’s temples.