Before Sunrise at the Shwedagon Pagoda West Entrance, Yangon
The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most famous pagodas in the world and it is certainly the main attraction of Yangon, Myanmar’s capital city.
The formal name of the Shwedagon Pagoda is Shwedagon Zedi Daw, which translates as The Great Golden Mountain Stupa. Nothing could be nearer to the truth, the stupa is plated with nearly 22,000 solid gold bars, it’s set with over 5500 diamonds, the main spire boasts 2300 rubies, sapphires, and other gems, and 4000 golden bells… not forgetting the largest of which is a whopping 72 carat diamond.
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