Spiritual Wonder of the World | Shwedagon Paya (Pagoda) | Yangon

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Explored, May 2, 2011 #110

Gleaming in gold and decorated with diamonds, the huge Shwedagon Pagoda (also Shwe Dagon Pagoda or Shwedagon Paya) in Yangon is a spectacular work of Burmese temple architecture and is the holiest Buddhist shrine in Myanmar. The pagoda dates back about 2500 years and was built to house the eight sacred hairs of the Buddha. The central stupa is 107m high and is covered with about 60 tonnes of gold leaf. The gilded hti at the top is hung with gold and silver bells and studded with gems. The Shwedagon Pagoda is revered by the Burmese Buddhists because it is said to contain the relics of all four Enlightened Buddhas not just the relics of the present Gautama Buddha.

It is truly one of the world’s great and active spiritual sights.

This is the view from the Northern entrance. Later afternoon sun was streaming from the right hand side. 3 hand-held exposures, tonemapped in Photomatix 4.

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  1. Visual Poetry (Sami) 36 months ago | reply

    Incredible shot and colors~

  2. drburtoni 36 months ago | reply

    one of my favorite spots in the world,

  3. Kostas Trovas 36 months ago | reply

    Excellent composition and well balanced tones, I like the monks in the foreground...

  4. Aubrey Stoll 36 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous shot and stunning color. Beautiful.

  5. Neil Kremer 36 months ago | reply

    Nice work and congrats on E X P L O R E

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  7. niceprospects 36 months ago | reply

    Excellent image of the most impressing and beautiful pagoda I have ever seen

  8. Frank Mayne 36 months ago | reply

    This looks amazing, so vibrant!

    Via your photostream on Fluidr

  9. Avatar f 21 36 months ago | reply

    WOW! What a Photo!

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  11. driftadakota 34 months ago | reply

    Wow I just want to go.

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  12. patrick.gysen hibernating 34 months ago | reply

    beautiful light.

    -Voted "save5" (by the HBU flickr_ratr app)

  13. Bijan1351 22 months ago | reply

    Fascinating architecture!

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