If you are in Rangoon then the place that must be seen is Schwedagon Paya. I've posted pictures before but I don't believe there will ever be enough photographs to be able to show the magnificence and the sense of serenity that is in the air here.
Yes there are tourists and the money they pay is a small price to pay in order to maintain this huge complex of temples and shrines. It is so difficult to show the sheer size of it. I can only show glimpses but I hope that inspires you to book a ticket and go and see this beautiful place.
Details are everywhere, and as one looks more details emerge. Hundreds of shrines enclose different buddha images. A guide who we chatted to stated that the feeling of peace one feels there is the result of so many images of buddha looking out at the visitors.
The east entrance which we try to enter through is the busiest of them all. Outside the stalls are myriad with food and statues and monks garments. This next photo shows a group of nuns laughing and joking as they are just about to enter the hall. Buddhism is not a fierce or punishing spirituality it seems.
And inside the hall and steps have their own sense of grandeur, imposing a sense of awe before the pilgrim arrives at the centre.
It's worth all the rain in Rangoon to visit Schwedagon. Thanks for reading this blog