After running the gauntlet the previous day in Singapore, I finally landed in Yangon, Myanmar. My backpacking Indochina tour had officially started and I wanted to make the most out of it. Armed with a GoPro and an iPhone 6, I made my way through the land of golden pagodas.
Read more: 3D2N Yangon Itinerary, Budget and Travel Tips
Yangon Temples (Click the photo to enlarge)
The obvious intention is to awe guests into a state of trembling submissiveness…
-The Magician King
Welcome to the land of golden pagodas!
The Western zaungdan or stairway is the longest of the four leading to the Shwedagon Pagoda.
This 326-feet gilded pagoda enshrines the relics of four Buddhas who obtained enlightenment. Surrounding it is a 14-acre terrace where devotees and visitors alike walk barefoot. Rain or shine.
The main stupa has an umbrella that contains more than 4000 bells. Hear them twinkle with the breeze.
A Thursday-born devotee offering water to the planetary post, hoping for a wish to be granted.
A Wednesday-Afternoon-born devotee offering candles.
Reclining Buddha in a state of nirvana.
Buddha’s image all around the terrace.
The Bell of King Tharrawaddy
Also called as the “tree of wisdom”, this 89-year old tree is a native of India.
The leaves of the tree of wisdom were the inspiration for the shape of the stupas.
Must not miss: night lights at the Shwedagon Pagoda and the twinkling of the 76-carat diamond at the top.
The most revered reclining Buddha in the country at 67 meters long.
Under a massive stupa is a massive Buddha.
Maha Wizaya Pagoda
One of the most peaceful pagodas around as it does not seem to attract many devotees.
Once the sun shines through the hole on the roof, it is time to celebrate the Myanmar New Year’s Day.
All roads lead to the Sule Paya.
The city was actually built around it and it has served not just religious expression. but also political ones.
Thanaka-faced Burmese ladies at the Botataung Pagoda.
Buddha’s first sacred hair relic pagoda.
Longyi-sporting devotee leaving the golden interiors of the Botataung.
Glass-encased gold engravings line the walls and ceilings of the Botataung Pagoda.
Other Yangon Highlights
The City Hall.
Independence Monument at the Mahabandoola Park
Boats lined up at the Botataung Jetty
Girl monks in pink making sure to finish lunch before noon.
At Aung San Suu Kyi’s House, this is as far as you can go.
Burmese street food
Inya Lake: great spot for early morning or late afternoon exercise.
Karaweik Restaurant/Barge/Palace at the Kandawgyi Lake
Bogyoke Aung San Museum
Political books sold and bought along the streets of Yangon.
Easy to miss but don’t: Burmese Massage.
See you in the next leg!
Read more: My (mis)adventures while backpacking around Indochina.
August 20, 2015
***photos were taken using iPhone6 and GoPro Hero 4 Silver