FD Tour of Rangoon (BTL 2015)

| May 15, 2020

No visit to Rangoon (Yangon) is complete without a stop at the magnificent and bejewelled Shwedagon pagoda, arguably the most precious and sacred pagoda in Burma, which dominates Rangoon's skyline. It is believed that the pagoda is 2,500 years old and contains relics of the past four Buddhas, namely the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Konagamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa and eight hairs of Gautama, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. The pagoda's brick structure is covered by genuine gold plates and its crown, or umbrella, is tipped with 5,448 diamonds and 2,317 rubies. Shwedagon pagoda became the most significant pilgrimage site in Burma, and today it attracts local pilgrims, as well as those from Thailand, Taiwan and Japan.

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