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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

This morning’s destination was the Shwedagon pagoda, the most important Buddhist site in Burma.  We knew it was a must see in Yangon, but had not anticipated how stunning it would be.
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The lower part of the central stupa is covered in gold leaf but higher up the panels are solid gold and the top vane is studded with 1100 diamonds and over 1300 other stones, while the top-most ball has over 4,000 diamonds (1,800 carats) and on the very top of this sphere is a single 72 carat diamond.

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We arrived about 9:00am and didn’t see another foreigner till we were in the closing stages of our walk around about 1.5 hours later.
Best time to visit:
This is the most popular shrine in Rangoon and it is buzzing all day with people.  Given the heat of the day it is best to go either early morning or in the evening for sunset photos

The temple is not far from the centre of the Yangon CBD and easily reached by a short taxi ride.

Opening hours, Entrance Fees and other practical information can be found here http://www.shwedagonpagoda.com/

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