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.
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.
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.