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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U Bein Bridge is a unique sight in Myanmar and one of the highlights when you visit Mandalay. It is located in former capital city of Amarapura, just 10 km from Mandalay.
It is the longest teak bridge in the world, measuring 1.2 km and crossing Taungthaman Lake.
The teak wood came from the royal palace at Amarapura, including the columns used as the bridge pillars. When the capital was moved to Mandalay they took it down and U Bein, the mayor, used the teak to build this bridge so locals could cross Taungthaman Lake.
During the day it’s very busy. It forms part of daily life as hundreds of locals cross it to go to work and return home.From the little cafes on both sides you can spend hours watching people coming and going … Read More »
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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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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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 »