The Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda, is a gilded stupa located in Yangon, Myanmar. It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, as it is believed to contain relics of the four previous Buddhas of the present kalpa. These relics include the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Koṇāgamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa, and eight strands of hair from the head of Gautama.
Built on the 51-metre high Singuttara Hill, the 112-metre tall pagoda stands 170 metres above sea level and dominates the Yangon skyline. Yangon’s zoning regulations, which cap the maximum height of buildings to 127 metres above sea level, ensure the Shwedagon’s prominence in the city’s skyline.
Child and Buddha at Shwedagon Pagoda
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Canon 300D, Canon 35mm f/2 – ISO 800 – August 8, 2005