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AV Trip Blog – Shwedagon Pagoda Visit – AV #56


Shwedagon Pagoda Visit, AV #56

Night Time Pagoda

The Shwedagon Pagoda (AV #56) has been a long awaited destination for me. Ever since I read about the Pagoda a few years ago and saw some pictures of it, for some reason, I knew it would be special. Embarrassingly enough, I even had a chant for it for a while, “Shwedagon, Shwedagon, Shwedagon Stupa!”

[Don't miss the fun video of our visit that will certainly bring the stupa to life and keep your ears ringing for days!]

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Buddhist Scenes at Shwedagon Pagoda – Yangon, Myanmar


AV Trip Photo – Buddhist Scenes at Shwedagon Pagoda – Yangon, Myanmar

When I first researched and learned about Shwedagon Pagoda, I knew it as a large golden Stupa standing in the middle of a square. Boy was I wrong! There is so much more to Shwedagon Pagoda than only the Stupa. In fact, I would say the majority of what you see and what I found to be fascinating was around the Stupa and not the Stupa itself.

So, we have today’s photo, a buddhist scene made up of various statues, burning incents, a buddha statue, and flowers. This scene is lovely and actually drew me in quite a bit before I took it. There is so much to look at here from the various vivid colors to the facial expressions of each statue. Adding a sense of mystery to it all is just enough smoke from the incents. So whats missing? That’s right, the Stupa.

Buddhist Scenes at Shwedagon Pagoda - Yangon, Myanmar

Street View of Shwedagon Stupa – Yangon, Myanmar


AV Trip Photo – Street View of Shwedagon Stupa – Yangon, Myanmar

We checked out Shwedagon Stupa for a total of three different times – two sunsets and one sunrise. Call us crazy, but if this is one of the Top 100 Places in the World, which it is, we should want to see it as much as we possibly can! As we approached Shwedagon Stupa for our second time on an increasingly warm morning, I held back my anxiety to enter the pagoda and planted my tripod to snap off this shot.

Each entry way of the Shwedagon Pagoda is unique, but also quite similar with two incredibly massive lions protecting each of the four entry ways. Each entry way is pointed towards a major direction – North, East, South, and West – this specific entry is the South entry in case you want to check it out. What I love about this particular entry is that it comes up a very crowded and busy street that has shops primarily carrying flowers and other items to bring into the Stupa. What do you think?

Street View of Shwedagon Stupa - Yangon, Myanmar

A Room Full of Buddhas – Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar


AV Trip Photo – A Room Full of Buddhas – Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda for the first time is like a kid visiting Disney World for the first time. No, it is not for the rides, ice cream, and Mickey sightings, but instead for admiring the insane architecture, studying the simplicity of monks, and for the hypnotizing methodic sounds of gongs, bells, foot steps, and chants. Surrounding the main stupa at Shwedagon Pagoda are hundreds of buddha shrines with many of them containing several buddhas, just like this one. They are simplistic in their symmetrical design, yet ornate in their elaborate decoration and detail in each and every corner.

This was one of the last photos I took at the Pagoda as my mind pulsed with the thought that I had not fully captured the splendor of Shwedagon Pagoda, AbsoluteVisit #56.

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