The Shwedagon Pagoda is a 99 metre tall gilded stupa in Yangon situated on Singuttara hill. Shwedagon is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Burma. It is said to enshrine eight strands of Buddha’s hair. Shwedagon Pagoda was constructed more that 2,600 years ago.
In Buddhism the most important date is the weekday you are born. There are eight days a week (wednesday is divided in two parts, before and after midday). Around Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda eight statues of Buddha along with the relevant animal for the day of birth are situated clockwise. Buddhist believers go to their birthday corner and water the Buddha and the animal to gain merit for the afterlife.
Buddhist nuns walk around Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma’s most sacred site.
A father has just taken an image of the Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma’s most sacred place, and shows it to his daughter. The Golden Pagoda is said to enshrine eight strands of Buddha’s hair inside.
A young Burmese girl is sitting in front of one of the pilgrim-shops in Shwedagon Pagoda. The girl’s face is covered with Tanaka, a paste made out of wood’s bark used for cosmetics as well as protection against the sun.
A young Buddhist girl is praying in Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, the most holy site of the country.
Buddhist believers walk clockwise around Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma’s most sacred place. The Golden Pagoda is said to enshrine eight strands of Buddha’s hair inside.
The Shwedagon Pagoda seen from Kandawgy Lake.