Photographer's Note

I found this scene from Shwedagon quite amusing and I hope you will like it too. Shwedagon area in Yangon is a fascinating place and a heaven for photographers. You have here interesting scenes with people and magnificent Asian architecture and atmosphere. It is pure delight. And somehow not specially popular here on TE. I do not know how many images of Buddha you see there but it must be many thousands.
In spite of its beauty and significance, still it is not UNESCO site.

The early history of Shwedagon here from Wikipedia:
According to legend, the Shwedagon Pagoda has existed for more than 2,600 years, making it the oldest historical pagoda in Burma and the world. According to tradition, two merchant brothers, Taphussa and Bhallika, from the land of Ramanya, met the Lord Gautama Buddha during his lifetime and received eight of the Buddha's hairs in 588 BC. The brothers traveled back to their homeland in Burma and, with the help of the local ruler, King Okkalapa of Burma, found Singuttara Hill, where relics of other Buddhas preceding Gautama Buddha had been enshrined. When the king opened the golden casket in which the brothers had carried the hairs, incredible things happened:
“ There was a tumult among men and spirits ... rays emitted by the Hairs penetrated up to the heavens above and down to hell ... the blind beheld objects ... the deaf heard sounds ... the dumb spoke distinctly ... the earth quaked ... the winds of the ocean blew ... Mount Meru shook ... lightning flashed ... gems rained down until they were knee deep ... all trees of the Himalayas, though not in season, bore blossoms and fruit. ”

According to some historians and archaeologists, however, the pagoda was built by the Mon people between the 6th and 10th centuries AD.

In 1996 Burma nominated eight properties for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. As of yet, none have been accepted and remain on UNESCO’s tentative list.
Tentative list of Myanmar
Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay
Badah-lin and associated caves
Bagan Archaeological Area and Monuments
Inle Lake
Mon cities : Bago, Hanthawaddy
Myauk-U Archaeological Area and Monuments
Pyu Cities: Beikthano-Myo, Halin, Tharay- Khit-taya (Sri Ksetra)
Wooden Monasteries of Konbaung Period : Ohn Don, Sala, Pakhangyi, Pakhannge, Legaing, Sagu, Shwe-Kyaung (Mandalay)

Photo Information
Viewed: 1998
Points: 34
Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9378 W: 143 N: 23592] (117003)
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