Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda – The Most Beautiful Pagoda In The World

Shwedagon Pagoda is the world’s oldest pagoda. It is said to have eight of Buddha’s hairs and various other relics. It’s 99m/325ft tall, 2600 years old, and contains literally tons and tons of gold.

It is, without a doubt, the symbol of Yangon.

I went here on my first day in Myanmar. Apart from being a perfect destination for someone suffering from jet lag and extreme tiredness, it gives an insight into Burmese culture. At the pagoda you can find everything. You find Buddhist pilgrims and monks from all over Myanmar (and the world). You find families praying, having a picnic, or just enjoying the environment. You find boyfriends and girlfriends enjoying each other’s company away from home. You find monks and common people praying and making offerings. And you find sleeping, lots of sleeping.

Some have described it as one of the best places in the world to people watch. I can’t argue with that.

Below are some pictures of this beautiful place, and an introduction to one of the most amazing countries I’ve ever seen.

10 replies
  1. Owen Lipsett
    Owen Lipsett says:

    Superlative pictures Adam! These are really incredible and the best I’ve seen of Shwedagon Pagoda anywhere. You might seriously think about turning them into an ebook or selling them. They’re that good!

    I hope you’ll be posting more about Myanmar 🙂

  2. Jackie D
    Jackie D says:

    I like that there are some funny pictures mixed in there with the pretty ones — the monk on the cell phone and the security guard reading a newspaper 🙂

  3. Passer By
    Passer By says:

    You know Adam, you could probably be a photographer for travel magazines, you’re already going to/have been in places too expensive for them to send their staffs to . ] – there might be some gem in that.

    Remain well.

    • Adam Pervez
      Adam Pervez says:

      Thanks! I do what I can with my point and shoot. I think getting in with magazines is pretty competitive and I don’t have the right equipment, but who knwos. As you said, I often go off the beaten path. Thanks and you remain well too!


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