Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
Since we’d done such little detailed research prior to this vacation, we were truly blown away by so many parts of our trip. Shwedagon Pagoda was the first of many times that we would be struck speechless by the beauty in this country. Myanmar is still in the process of re-building and upgrading the infrastructure needed to handle the rapid growth and increased tourism it’s seen since 2011 (Channel NewsAsia had an informative documentary of this a while ago. Link for the video is here.). As such, the 322ft tall, gold leaf-covered pagoda is the tallest building in the former capitol. It is not just one building, but rather a massive complex of many smaller temples and stupas, and is a working place of worship for Buddhists. This is best described using some visual aides, so here’s the link to the photoset on Flickr. Enjoy! And of course, they’re all here below, too.