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The most beautiful buddhist temple

The Shwedagon Pagoda is certainly one of the more beautiful temples that exists. There, you can see the customs of Buddhists prayers and offerings of water and flowers. It's the most sacred temple for the Burmese because it houses the relics of four Buddhas: Kakhusanda's staff, Konagamana's water filter, a piece of the Kaspassa's, and eight hairs of Gautama.

The stupa is 100 meters tall and is covered with gold leaf. Visitors must remove their shoes before entering and prayers are performed while circling counterclockwise. At night, it's a spectacle to see, full of the faithful praying and chanting and the smell of incense.
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Sacred mountain

It's incredible how many people climb to the pagoda every day, either by elevator, or like me, climbing the hundreds and thousands of steps one by one which lead to the main pagoda at the top of the hill. Shwedagon exudes spirituality and you feel comfortable and relaxed watching the movement of faithful, ceremonies and prayers. Recommend up before sunset, and watch as the sun pagodas are lit and its golden color is accentuated with warm artificial light, perfect for turning the camera on long exposure.
Carlos Olmo
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The monks of shwedagon

I was at the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most sacred places in Myanmar. The golden domes, dozens of Buddhist monks praying, and the people's piety make this temple a magical place. I wanted to take a picture that combined all these extraordinary factors in a single snapshot. After surreptitiously following a monk who had appeared and disappeared behind the gold, I saw my goal: the perfect image. An image that embodied the splendor and spirituality of the Burmese people.
Husar 77
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Really had a great time!

Came to Yangon and visited to Shwedagon Pagoda with mom. Really had a Great time!
Max Max
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See E.Sonia Requejo Salces's photos
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A great gem, a lavish pagoda!

Burma, when I walked now known as Myanmar, was a powerful medieval kingdom unified in the eleventh century; by King "Anawrahta" he also built some majestic 2,500 pagodas in different materials, architecture Mon! Shwedagon Paya * is a grand religious complex, which is accessed by four (zaungdan or covered walkways) and that after the season of heavy rains, all the roofs of Shwedagon covered with new sheets of gold surrounded by many Buddhist temples, creating harmony for the wonderful structure. His stupa with a height of 100 meters, it is all covered with 8,000 gold plates and with more than 5,000 diamonds, rubies, precious gems embedded in the top of the needle which symbolizes the highest level "Nirvana". It contains relics of Buddha and his eight hairs of Gautama Siddhartha and a piece of cloth from the tunica. According ascending going barefoot for his many peldaos see that surround libraries, which had at its Buddhist monks books. Above his head many more buildings with green roofs shingles - golden, about 82 precious and shrines, with hundreds of images of Buddha in which offerings of water and flowers are placed better than watching! See what your community does and try to imitate my respect after announcing my presence ringing the bell as I saw it done, start the tour following the direction to clockwise, like all Buddhist. Atraves; a few yards in beautiful marble you reach the shrines, where the day of birth of each is honored, with "los angeles or nat! I decided to seek sanctuary Wednesday, was a Wednesday May when I was born! guided by alli they were, did my offering guided by a monk of Theravada Buddhism, which is the majority religion. A special image, that of the monks, their fans with openings filled with prayers to be thrown to the wind every move. And above all, his gaze * under his giant, golden and bright Pagodas with an inordinate beauty in gold! the guarding their guardians or green hell.

Una joya grandiosa , una fastuosa pagoda !

Birmania , cuando yo lo recorri ¡ hoy conocida como Myanmar , fue un poderoso reino medieval unificado en el siglo XI ; por el rey " Anawrahta " el también construyo unas 2.500 pagodas ¡ algunas majestuosas , en diferentes materiales, arquitectura Mon !

Shwedagon Paya * es un complejo religioso grandioso , a los que se accede por cuatro ( zaungdan o pasos cubiertos ) y que tras la época de lluvias torrenciales , todos los tejados de Shwedagon se cubren con nuevas laminas en oro rodeado de muchos templos budistas , creando armonía por la estructura maravillosa .

Su estupa con una altura de 100 mt , esta toda ella cubierta con unas 8.000 planchas de oro y con mas de 5.000 diamantes , rubies , gemas preciosas , incrustadas en lo alto de la aguja la que simboliza el máximo nivel el " Nirvana " .

Contiene reliquias de Buda como sus ocho cabellos de Siddharta Gautama y un trozo de tela de la tunica . Segun iba ascendiendo descalza , por sus muchos peldaños ves que la rodean librerias , en las que había monjes consultando sus libros budistas .

Por encima de la cabeza muchos mas edificios con tejados en tejas verdes - oro , unos 82 preciosos y santuarios , con cientos de imagenes de Buda en las que se depositan ofrendas de agua y flores ¡ que mejor que observar !

¡ Ver lo que su comunidad hace y con todo mi respeto intentar imitarles , tras anunciar mi presencia tocando la campana como lo vi hacer , inicie el recorrido siguiendo el sentido a las agujas del reloj , como todo budista .

Atraves ; de unos patios en mármol maravillosos se llega a los santuarios , donde se homenajea el día del nacimiento de cada uno , ante " los angeles o nat !

Decidi buscar el santuario del miércoles , fue un miércoles de Mayo cuando nací ! guiada por los que allí estaban , hice mi ofrenda orientada por un monje del Budismo Theravada , que es la religión mayoritaria .

¡ Una imagen especial , la de los monjes, sus abanicos con aberturas llenos de plegarias para ser lanzadas al viento en cada movimiento .

Y sobre todo , su mirada * bajo sus Pagodas gigantes , doradas y brillantes con una belleza desmesurada en oro ! la que custodian sus guardianes o diablos verdes .
E.Sonia Requejo Salces
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The most fascinating moment

The Swedagon is a symbol of Myanmar and if you visit during the day, do not forget to come back at sunset, for one of the most unforgettable moments of the entire trip. The sun goes down and the last rays that illuminate the impressive stupa pagoda make it shine: a deep blue sky contrasts sharply with the golden color and as soon as it gets dark, artificial lighting transforms the place into a magical place. At this time families come here to spend some quiet time and the locals do not hesitate to approach the tourist to exchange a few words, a fun way to get in touch with the wonderful people of Burma. No choice but to walk aimlessly in the most unknown of the temple, hidden among small zedi and shrines where people stop to bring an offering and pray. When you visit the Swedagon day do not forget to keep your ticket is valid for the whole day, this way you do not pay again the entrance at sunset. As in all of Myanmar, even after sunset the Swedagon and the surroundings are very very safe.

Il momento più affascinante

La Swedagon è uno dei simboli del Myanmar e se la visitate durante il giorno, non dimenticate di tornarci all’ora del tramonto, per uno dei momenti più indimenticabili dell’intero viaggio. Cala il sole e gli ultimi raggi che illuminano la pagoda fanno brillare l’imponente stupa: il cielo blu intenso contrasta fortemente con il colore dorato e appena diventa buio, l’illuminazione artificiale trasforma il posto in un luogo magico. A quest’ora intere famiglie vengono qui per trascorrere qualche momento di tranquillità e la gente del posto non esita ad avvicinarsi al turista per scambiare qualche parola, un modo divertente per entrare in contatto con la fantastica popolazione birmana.

Non resta altro che passeggiare senza meta negli angoli più sconosciuti del tempio, tra piccoli zedi nascosti e reliquiari dove la gente si ferma a portare un’offerta e pregare.
Quando visitate la Swedagon di giorno non dimenticate di conservare il biglietto che vale per tutta la giornata, in questo modo eviterete di pagare nuovamente l’ingresso al tramonto. Come in tutto il Myanmar, anche dopo il tramonto la Swedagon ed i dintorni sono assolutamente sicurissimi.
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One of the wonders of the world

There are no words. This is one of the wonders of Buddhism because of its wonderful architecture, but with modern additions distasteful: plastic Buddhas, clubbing lights, etc. - And its environment: hundreds of people praying, spontaneous professions, people making offerings, etc. It is the image of a lost world and in the West-in which religion is still important. The central stupa - a height of nearly 100 meters is more than 750 kilograms of gold, more than 5000 diamonds on top and as many rubies. Crowd surrounding chapels. Enter them allows us to see many scenes that stay in our memory of "Western" long after the visit. It is a world apart from that I believe we have much to learn.

Una de las maravillas del mundo

No hay palabras. Se trata de una de las maravillas del budismo tanto por su maravillosa arquitectura -aunque con incorporaciones modernas de mal gusto: budas de plástico, luces discotequeras, etc.- como por su ambiente: cientos de personas rezando, profesiones espontáneas, gente haciendo ofrendas, etc. Es la imagen de un mundo -ya perdido en occidente- en el que la religión sigue siendo importante.

La estupa central - de una altura cercana a los 100 metros tiene más de 750 kilogramos de oro, más de 5000 diamantes en la punta y otros tantos rubíes. Multitud de capillas la rodean. Entrar en ellas nos permite contemplar muchas escenas que quedaran en nuestra memoria de "occidentales" mucho tiempo después de la visita. Es un mundo aparte del cual considero que tenemos mucho que aprender.
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Arrive at the great pagoda yangn

The impressive Shwedagon Paya has four stairs up the hill Singuttara, on top of which the whole complex of the pagoda stands. This southern staircase, the long ms, you can also consider the principal. If accessed through it, like most tourists, you could buy down the entrance, where besides entregarn a sarong if you consider too enseas legs. The staircase is really monumental, especially the entrance. Is covered, and from a certain point there are several shops to buy gifts to leave at different places in the pagoda.

Llegada a la gran pagoda de yangón

La impresionante Shwedagon Paya cuenta con cuatro escaleras de subida por el monte Singuttara, en lo alto del cual se levanta todo el complejo de la pagoda. Esta escalera sur, la más larga, se puede considerar también la principal. Si se accede por ella, como la mayoría de los turistas, se podrá comprar abajo la entrada, donde además te entregarán un sarong si consideran que enseñas demasiado las piernas. La escalera es realmente monumental, sobre todo la entrada. Está techada, y a partir determinado punto hay varias tiendas donde comprar ofrendas para dejar en los diferentes lugares de la pagoda.
Kris por el mundo
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So we spent a full day to visit shwed...

So we spent a full day to visit Shwedagon, one of the most important Buddhist sites. The first shock occurs at the transition from the soft darkness of the stairs to the sparkling symphony of gold and colors of the pagoda and its environment. For the huge central stupa is far from alone. Dozens of pagodas and stupas in all shapes create a forest of peaks, ridges richly decorated carved (the guide book) Shwedagon is as much the center of religious life than social life.

Nous avons donc consacré un jour complet à la visite de Shwedagon, l'un des lieux les plus importants du bouddhisme.
Le premier choc se produit au moment du passage de la douce pénombre de l'escalier à l'étincelante symphonie d'ors et de couleurs de la pagode et son environnement. Car le gigantesque stûpa central est loin d'être seul. Des dizaines de pagodons et de stûpa de toutes formes créent une forêt de pics, d'arêtes richement décorés, ciselés (le guide du routard)
Shwedagon est tout autant le centre de la vie religieuse que celui de la vie sociale.
Frederique Molinari
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Must do: monument of any trip to myan...

Must Do: Monument of any trip to Myanmar. We are never disappointed and often they come back. groups of tourists arrive at dusk, but it must be seen at any time of day, especially in mid-afternoon when the Burmese come on pilgrimage. Instead of huge prayer, luxurious, clean. We walk barefoot on marble slabs. Many "chapels" annexes and a panorama of the city. At night, of course, magical atmosphere, light and fresh.

Incontournable : le Monument de tout voyage au Myanmar. On n'est jamais déçu et souvent on y revient. les groupes de touristes arrivent au crépuscule, mais il faut la voir à toute heure du jour, particulièrement en milieu d'après-midi quand les Birmans viennent en pèlerinage. Lieu de prière immense, luxueux, propre. On marche pieds nus sur des dalles de marbre. De nombreuses "chapelles" annexes et un panorama sur la ville. La nuit, bien sûr, ambiance magique , lumières et fraîcheur.
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Shwedagon Pagoda is the first religious center of Burma. It is also the symbol of Rangoon. It dates from the sixth century AD It consists of a pagoda with a golden roof in the center of a large marble platform surrounded by many temples. It is accessed by large stairways to 4 points cadinaux. Attention sensitive feet refrain: Marble is very hot in the day, and, as in all the temples, we must take off their shoes ...


La pagode Shwedagon est le premier centre religieux de Birmanie. C'est aussi le symbole de Rangoon.
Elle date du Vieme siècle après JC
Elle est composée d'une pagode au toit doré situé au centre d'une grande plateforme de marbre et entourée de nombreux temples. On y accède par de grands escaliers situés aux 4 points cadinaux.

Attention, pieds sensibles s'abstenir: Le marbre est très chaud dans la journée, et, comme dans tout les temples, il faut se déchausser...
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THE tourist monument in Rangoon (Yangon) not only attracts crowds of tourists but also Burmese pilgrims came to celebrate Buddha's most famous pagoda in Burma. The best time of the day is undoubtedly after sunset when all its scintillating beauty is revealed. At the top is inlaid with a diamond of 76 carats. With a little luck, a monk will approach and may well show you the specific points on which to stand to observe the color of the diamond change magically. Admission is $ 5.


LE monument touristique de Rangoun (Yangon) n’attire pas que des foules de touristes mais aussi de pélerins birmans venus célébrer Bouddha dans la plus célèbre pagode de Birmanie. Le meilleur moment de la journée est sans conteste après le coucher du soleil lorsque toute sa scintillante beauté se révèle. Au sommet est incrusté un diamant de 76 carats. Avec un peu de chance, un moine vous abordera et pourrait bien vous montrer les points précis sur lesquels se tenir afin d’observer la couleur du diamant changer comme par magie. L’entrée coûte $5.
France Dutertre
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Shwedagon pagoda

It's a little LA essential inspect any living room Rangoon. Shwedagon Pagoda impresses more than any other, even if it was dj t Bagan. Dore, gigantic, sublime, the monks gather here parfaois of entires hours. The thing more we liked? The opportunity to come watering his divinity if Connat her birthday, according to the Buddhist rite.

Pagode shwedagon

C'est un peu LA visite essentielle de tout séjour à Rangoon. La pagode Shwedagon impressionne plus que tout autre, même si on a déjà été à Bagan. Dorée, gigantesque, sublime, des moines viennent s'y recueillir parfaois des heures entières. Le truc en plus qu'on a aimé ? La possibilité de venir arroser sa divinité si on connaît son jour de naissance, selon le rite bouddhiste.
Marie & Matt
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Shwedagon paya

Shwedagon Paya

Shwedagon paya

Shwedagon Paya
Andres Garcia
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Shwedagon pagoda, the golden burmese buddhism

During the day, Yangn offers visitors beautiful colonial past, but at nightfall, no doubt Shwedagon Pagoda is the place to be visited. Visible from several kilometers radius and 1.5 km from the center of Yangn, Stupa 98 meters high of the most sacred pagoda in Myanmar rises, gold, and lit up like a saucer eyes strange hand drive abroad. There are so many entrances to the pagoda as cardinal points. We walked through the south gate. Although, due to the tourist boom in the country, prices will not stop rising, the entrance to the temple costs 8 dollars. It must be well dressed, with pants or skirts that cover all legs and shoulders T-shirts clogging and belly leave nothing in sight. Even so, if you do not wear long trouser, you can rent a longy. This is a traditional Burmese garment consisting of a tubular skirt knotted at the waist differently for men and for women. A guide worth Access can be made by stairs or lift, as the stupa is atop a hill that now hide the construction of the pagoda. Once inside, I think it's best to hire a guide. It is not expensive and we explain the secrets of this ancient temple. According to the legends, which are indisputable truth for our guide, Shwedagon Pagoda has more than 2,500 years of history. However, it is difficult to know exactly if some of the original elements of the building still standing, because the monument has suffered fires, looting and earthquakes. Beyond the myth, the first traces of the current pagoda encuenrean between the sixth century and X AD and the structure we see today, 1769. Therefore, it is believed that the most ancient fragment feet may not have more than two centuries. The stupa, which according account our gua stores eight hairs of Buddha trados India as a relic by two Burmese merchants, is formed by a series of concentric discs which reduce their diameter in ascending order. Our guide, explains that when a king wanted to expand the grandeur of the pagoda, rose the stupa and to this end, should enlarge the diameter of the discs one by one and then re-cover everything with gold leaf. Today, the building reaches 98 meters and is covered by 700 kilos of this material. Inside the stupa it is solid and only at the top houses a small statue of Buddha which is retransmitted to the base through a closed circuit TV that reprodiuce on the screens of one of the chapels. This, coupled with the decoration of nen around the heads of the statues as a halo, has prevented the moment, this monument is declared World Heritage by UNESCO. The Burmese horoscope In the courtyard of the pagoda peace, spirituality and mysticism breathes. People walk, makes offerings, meditate on the chapels surrounding the stupa and placed incense Barillas. Another of the ways in which you enter your gua be the Burmese horoscope. According to tradition, depending on day of week in which he was born, every person carries a animal. It corresponds to Monday tiger; to Tuesday, len; to Thursday, rat; to Friday, pork (Vietnamese) and Wednesdays, the elephant, which will have fangs or not function if born in the morning or afternoon. Around the stupa there are placed six sources with these six animals and a statue of Buddha and tradition dictates that you have to shed many water jugs on their heads as years have the person who makes the offering. Finally, to complete our visit, our guide took us to a specific point of the pagoda and dede made us all look at the top of the stupa. To fixate, we saw a bright yellow flash that, when walking forward or backward, turns into blue, green or red. What crowns the temple is a weathervane of gold and precious stones from donations that the Burmese people have made Shwedagon Pagoda throughout history. Its value is incalculable and it is difficult to know the number of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds in it. This may surprise the visitor to compare poverty with living the country, but perhaps the basilicas and cathedrals catlicas estn not plagued relics and donations?

Shwedagon pagoda, el dorado del budismo birmano

Durante el día, Yangón ofrece al visitante su hermoso pasado colonial, pero, al caer la noche, no cabe duda que la Shwedagon pagoda es el lugar que hay que visitar.

Visible desde varios kilómetros a la redonda y a 1,5 km del centro de Yangón, la estupa de 98 metros de altura de la pagoda más sagrada de Myanmar se levanta, dorada, e iluminada como un extraño platillo volante a ojos del extranjero.

Hay tantas puertas de acceso a la pagoda como puntos cardinales. Nosotros entramos por la puerta sur. Aunque, debido al boom turístico en el país, los precios no paran de subir, la entrada al templo cuesta 8 dólares.

Es imprescindible ir bien vestido, con pantalones o faldas que cubran todas las piernas y camisetas que tapen los hombros y no dejen nada del vientre a la vista. Aún así, si no llevas pantalón largo, es posible alquilar un longy. Se trata de una prenda tradicional birmana que consiste en una falda tubular que se anuda a la cintura de forma distinta para hombres y para mujeres.

Un guía merece la pena

El acceso puede hacerse por escaleras o en ascensor, ya que la estupa se encuentra en lo alto de una colina que ahora ocultan las construcciones de la pagoda. Una vez dentro, creo que lo mejor es contratar un guía. No es caro y nos explicará los secretos de este milenario templo.

Según las leyendas, que son verdad indiscutible para nuestro guía, la Shwedagon pagoda tiene más de 2.500 años de historia. Sin embargo, es difícil saber con exactitud si alguno de los elementos originales de la construcción siguen en pie, ya que el monumento ha sufrido incendios, saqueos y terremotos.

Más allá del mito, los primeros vestigios de la pagoda actual se encuenrean entre el siglo VI y X d.C. y la estructura que vemos hoy de 1769. Por tanto, se cree que el fragmento más antiguo en pie podría no tener más de dos siglos.

La estupa, que según cuenta nuestro guía guarda ocho pelos de Buda traídos de la India como reliquia por dos comerciantes birmanos, está formada por una serie de discos concéntricos que reducen su diámetro de manera ascendente. Nuestro guía, nos explica que, cuando un rey quería ampliar la grandeza de la pagoda, elevaba la estupa y, para ello, debía agrandar el diámetro de los discos uno a uno y luego volverlo a cubrir todo con pan de oro. En la actualidad, la construcción alcanza los 98 metros y está cubierta por 700 kilos de este material.

El interior de la estupa es macizo y solo en la parte superior cobija una pequeña estatua de Buda que es retransmitida hasta la base mediante un circuito cerrado de TV que se reprodiuce en las pantallas de una de las capillas. Esto, sumado a la decoración de neón alrededor de las cabezas de las estatuas a modo de aureola, ha impedido que, de momento, este monumento sea declarado patrimonio de la humanidad por la Unesco.

El horóscopo birmano

En el patio de la pagoda se respira paz, espiritualidad y misticismo. La gente camina, hace ofrendas, medita en las capillas que rodean la estupa y coloca barillas de incienso.

Otra de las costumbres en las que os introducirá vuestro guía será el horóscopo birmano. Según la tradición, dependiendo del día de la semana en el que se haya nacido, a cada persona le corresponde un animal. Al lunes le corresponde el tigre; al martes, el león; al jueves, la rata; al viernes, el cerdo (vietnamita) y al miércoles, el elefante, que tendrá o no colmillos en función de si ha nacido por la mañana o por la tarde.

Alrededor de la estupa hay colocadas seis fuentes con estos seis animales y una estatua de Buda y la tradición manda que hay que derramar tantas jarras de agua sobre sus cabezas como años tenga la persona que realiza la ofrenda.

Por último, para culminar nuestra visita, nuestro guía nos llevó a un punto concreto de la pagoda y dede allí nos hizo mirar a lo alto de la estupa. Al fijar la vista, pudimos observar un destello amarillo brillante que, al caminar hacia adelante o hacia atrás, se transforma en azul, verde o rojo.

Lo que corona el templo es una veleta de oro y piedras preciosas procedentes de los donativos que el pueblo birmano ha hecho a la Shwedagon pagoda a lo largo de la historia. Su valor es incalculable y es difícil saber el número de diamantes, rubíes, zafiros y esmeraldas que hay en ella.

Esto puede sorprender al visitante al compararlo con la pobreza con la que vive el país, pero ¿acaso las basílicas y catedrales católicas no están plagadas de reliquias y donaciones?
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