13th February 2013 by emmadurnford

13th February 2013

Finally we have arrived in Yangon (Rangoon) in Burma.

Our first afternoon was spent wandering around the Shwedagon Pagoda - the most important temple to the Burmese in all of Burma. Building started in the 6th century and the main ‘stupa’ is made of plates of solid gold topped with yet more gold and silver and 1,100 diamonds and other gems. At the very top (long lens out tomorrow to try and get this one!) there is a 76-carat diamond.

As the sun gets lower the light becomes so warm that the gold positively glows - these are just some of the lesser stupas and minarets from around the main Pagoda. The Pagoda should be a short walk from where we are staying but as the four entrances and exits all looked pretty similar, albeit amazingly ornate, it took us some time to get back after dark! The light is amazing so we’ll be back again tomorrow.
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