Giant Buddha

The original giant Buddha was built from teak. It can be seen in the photo below but eroded over time from years of exposure to the elements. Look closely and you can see people seated on the Buddhas arm.

Teak Buddha.
Teak Buddha.

A giant 70-meter long reclining Buddha was built to replace the destroyed teak Buddha. A pagoda was also built to protct the new Buddha from the elements. Locals often gather to pay homage and pray to this giant Buddha.

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Buddha getting cleaned.
Buddha getting cleaned.
Erich and our guide Lily reading about the traditional symbols carved in the feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols
Erich and our guide Lily reading about the traditional symbols carved in the feet of the statue.

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Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda is the most popular and well-known pagoda in Yangon. The pagoda is one of the main tourist destinations in Myanmar. It is the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site for the people of the Union of Myanmar. Shwedagon Pagoda stands close to 110 meters and is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds; the largest of which is a 72 carat diamond. It is considered one of the wonders of the religious world.

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Approximately 89 percent of the Myanmar people are Buddhist. Around half a million young Burmese men are members of a monastic order, and 75,000 women are nuns. The young girls below are orphans practicing to become nuns. They were singing and performing a Buddhist ritual.

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Shwedagon Pagoda is always full of worshippers who pray and light candles. Our guide set up this row of candles which took us about 10-15 minutes to light.

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Yangon

Our Yangon hotel, The Belmond Governor’s Residence dates back to the 1920’s and at one time was the home to the president of Myanmar’s southern states.

The Myanmar hotels and customer service exceeded my expectations. The people we interacted with throughout the country were friendly and quite mellow. Buddhism in action!

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Pool.
The Pool.
Dining area overlooks the pool.
Dining area overlooks the pool.

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Breakfast offerings:

Egg station.
Egg station.
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Variety of meats and cheeses.

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Juices.
Juices in the bar.

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