The magnificent golden by sea, one of the wonders of the
world. To Buddhists the Golden Shwedagon most sacred place of worship
because it enshrined the sacred relics of the three earlier Buddhas and
Eight Hair Relics of Gautama Buddhas the Supreme Self-Enlightened. One who
attained Buddha hood 2600years ago.
To non-Buddhists, it is marvelous work of architecture conical in
structure, a massive edifice towering 99.4 meters (326 feet) with the
perimeter measuring 432.8 meters (1420 ft), glittering in gold and studded
on the pinnacle with priceless gems. The golden umbrella (Hti) was
recently replaced by a new one on 4 April 1999, and enriched with gold
bells, and jewellery spontaneously donated on the spot by the devotees.
The Shwedagon is located in Yangon the capital metropolis of Myanmar.
Situated right in the center of Yangon-right
beside the Myanmar Travel and Tours office -
the Sule Pagoda is an excellent landmark. It
is said to be over 2,000 years old. The
pagoda is said to enshrine a hair of the
Buddha: its Mon name, Kyaik Athok translates
as "the pagoda where a Sacred Hair Relic is
enshrined". The golden pagoda is unusual in
that its octagonal shape continues right up
to the bell and inverted bowl. It stands 46
meters (152 feet) high and is surrounded by
small shops and all the familiar
non-religious services such as of
astrologists, palmists, and so on.