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Shwedagon Zedi Daw.

All that glisters is gold.


The 98-metre (321 feet) high solid gold plated pagoda, swathed in 60 tonnes of gold, sits on Singuttara Hill and dominates the skyline of Rangoon, Burma. The top of the golden stupa (hti) is tipped with 5,448 diamonds, 2,317 rubies and crowned with a single diamond (sein bu) weighing 76 carats.


Rudyard Kipling wrote of his 1889 visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda,


"a golden mystery upheaved itself on the horizon, a beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun"


So I say forget about the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, Machu Picchu, the Great Wall, Petra, the Pyramids at Giza, the Sydney Opera House and all the other monuments of man......


The Shwedagon is quite simply the most awe inspiring monument on earth.




Shwedagon Zedi Daw.

Rangoon, Burma.

(Yangon, Myanmar).

The view from our hotel room (Rm. No. 2010) at Traders.


25 second exposure at ISO 100.

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Taken on November 20, 2008