Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Shwe Dagon Pagoda

The Shining Winking wonder - Shwe Dagon.
"Shwe Dagon Pagoda" has to be one of the magnificent monuments on Earth. When Shwedagon Hti (Umbrella) was repaired, the gold bud at its tip called the "Diamond Bud" was found to be crowned with a 76 carat solitaire diamond and encrusted with 4351 smaller ones (total weight 1800 carats)

The first of the two postcards sent by Ei from Yangon in Myanmar.

This is from Wikipedia : The Shwedagon Pagoda (Burmese: ; MLCTS: hrwe ti. gum. bhu. ra:; IPA: [ʃwèdəɡòun pʰəjá]), officially titled Shwedagon Zedi Daw ([ʃwèdəɡòun zèdìdɔ̀]), also known as the Golden Pagoda, is a 98-metre (approx. 321.5 feet) gilded stupa located in Yangon, Burma. The pagoda lies to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, on Singuttara Hill, thus dominating the skyline of the city. It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese with relics of the past four Buddhas enshrined within, namely the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Konagamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa and eight hairs of Gautama, the historical Buddha.

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