Floyd and I enjoyed a wonderful vacation in Myanmar and Vietnam over Christmas break! Scroll to the bottom for links to blog posts about other parts of the trip.
Here are some of our memories from the Shwe Dagon Pagoda, which is definitely the number one thing to put on your list if you're picking sites to see in Yangon.
|The front entrance. There's a lot more to the temple complex than you can see from here.|
|This man was our guide, which was really helpful since the pagoda complex is so big. He explained a lot about the history and purpose of the different buildings, as well as quite a bit about Buddhism in general.|
|Dress code is serious business in Myanmar! All the temples we saw around the country had signs about how to dress appropriately.|
|Artwork by the eaves of one of the buildings.|
|There are lots of separate temples buildings in the Shwe Dagon Pagoda complex. There's no angle from which one picture could capture them all.|
|Everything that looks like gold in these pictures really is! Most of the temples were plated with gold leaf.|
|As you can imagine, idols were everywhere, both in and out of the temples. Many of the people we saw were actively worshipping them.|
|The sky that day was perfect for photography!|
|I was impressed by all the elaborate details in the decorations on the temples' roofs.|
|This temple is the actual, famous Shwe Dagon Pagoda itself.|
|There were lots of other tourists and locals there.|
|Every pagoda was topped with these dangling decorative "umbrellas" (yes, that's actually what they're called).|
|The floor in the whole complex was smooth, cool, and clean (marble, I think?), so it was no problem to go barefoot on it.|
|Beautiful Shwe Dagon!|
|Gold was in evidence everywhere, but other building materials added nice color contrasts on some of the roofs.|
|Some people were there to worship, others just to hang out.|
Want to see more memories from our trip? Click on the links below!