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Myanmar’s Shwedagon Pagoda

July 18, 2015
Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar

A golden symbol of faith: Shwedagon Pagoda. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

“A golden mystery…a beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun.” Thus marveled Rudyard Kipling at spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda, a collection of temples and shrines that is one of the holiest sites in the Buddhist world. Located on a hill in Myanmar’s capital city of Yangon (formally called Rangoon), the Shwedagon Pagoda is a sacred center of pilgrimage for Buddhists. Chock full of stellar architecture and art, I found it mesmerizing to share this spiritual place with devotees and monks as they made offerings and worshipped.

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