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.