Shwe Dagon Pagoda
Last updated by miffy at 2013-11-5
Shwe Dagon Pagoda, one of the famous Buddhist pagodas in the world, serves as the landmark building of Yangon and the symbol of Myanmar with the height of 110 meters. The top of the pagoda is made of gems and the body of the pagoda is gilded. Shwe Dagon Pagoda is located on the mountain by Yinya Lake in the north of Yangon City. The whole architectural complex looks very magnificent and eye-catching in the sun.
The existing Dagon Pagoda was built in the 18th century and it was surrounded by 64 small pagodas of various shapes. There are four entrances in four directions, east, south, west and north. Every day, numerous devout people go there for worship. Together with Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Borobudur of Indonesia, Shwe Dagon Pagoda is celebrated as one of the top three historical sites in Southeast Asia. Together with Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Borobudur of Indonesia, the Great Green Wall of China and the Taj Mahal of India, Shwe Dagon Pagoda is celebrated as one of the top five wonders in the east. On the top of the pagoda, there hang 1,065 gold bells and 420 silver bells.
In the four corners under the pagoda, there are sphinxes of Myanmar style. In the northeast corner of the pagoda, there is an ancient bodhi tree. In the northeast corner and the southwest corner of the pagoda, there are two ancient bells, which weigh 16 tons and 40 tons. In the south of the pagoda, there are a number of Buddhist statues, silverwares and other goods on display.
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