Visible from almost anywhere in Yangon, this is one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites. The 325ft zedi , adorned with 27 metric tons of gold leaf and thousands of diamonds and other gems, is believed to enshrine eight hairs of the Gautama Buddha as well as relics of three former Buddhas.
Legend has it that there’s been a stupa on Singuttara Hill for 2600 years, ever since two merchant brothers, Tapussa and Ballika, met the Buddha. He gave them eight of his hairs to take back to Myanmar, a land ruled over by King Okkalapa. Okkalapa enshrined the hairs in a temple of gold, together with relics of three former Buddhas, which was then enclosed in a temple of silver, then one of tin, then copper, then lead, then marble and, finally, one of plain iron-brick.
On our recent trip to Yangon, going to the Shwedagon Pagoda was an highlight of the holiday. The buildings are beautiful and well preserved. Although there is building work taking place at the moment. Visiting the site is a must.
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Until next time.