Shwedagon Pagoda

Burma/Myanmar

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.

xxburma_shwedagon-4982In 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.

xxburma_shwedagon-5444Buddhist nuns walk around Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma’s most sacred site.

xxburma_shwedagon-5010A 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.

xxburma_shwedagon-5382A 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.

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xxburma_shwedagon-5002A young Buddhist girl is praying in Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, the most holy site of the country.

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xxburma_shwedagon-5051Buddhist 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.

xxburma_shwedagon-5375The Shwedagon Pagoda seen from Kandawgy Lake.

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