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Shwedagon Zedi Daw

All that glisters is gold. 60 tonnes of gold cover the 98-metre high pagoda which sits on Singuttara Hill and dominates the skyline of Rangoon, Burma.


The hti at the top of the golden stupa is tipped with 5,448 diamonds and 2,317 rubies and crowned with a single 76 carat diamond.


Rudyard Kipling wrote this 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 forget the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, Machu Picchu, the Great Wall, Petra, the Pyramids, the Sydney Opera House and all other monuments of man......


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





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Taken on November 20, 2006