|Introduction:- Shortly after
my visit to Yangon (Rangoon) in 2005, the former capital city of Myanmar (Burma),
the ruling military government has announced shifting of its administrative copital
from Yangon to a new location 320km north, The City of Piynmana. Minus the domestic
political happennings and over-killed approach by media as well as economic sanction
imposed by the American (VISA, Master, AMEX cards are not applicable here); the very
Buddhist Nation which suffers decades long isolation is truly a jewels for many tourists
to explore its potential as it has still retained much of its very original oriental
culture, custom and heritage.
Within the city of Rangoon, the most significant landmark in this city is a 2000+ years old pagoda, Shwedagon - this is easily one of the most elegant Buddhist landmark that I have ever visited. The 326 fteet tall Shwedagon Pagoda interwines with history of Yangon city and locals deeply believe the eight sacred Hairs (Sandao) and relics of Lord Gawdama Buddha was housed here. The central piece (Pagoda) is is surrounded by 64 small pagodas with four larger, one in the center of each side. The goldern structure is all covered by gold plate (each 1 sq foot actually has 5 ticals of gold). It is believed that the total weight of gold used at this magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda exceeds 30 tons - excluding use of other precious stones which Burma is famous for !
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|Another Buddhist Pagoda that carries significant local interest and shares equally long history (close to 2000 years old) is the 48 metres tall SULE Pagoda at the city centre and it also hosts Sacre Hair of Loard Buddha.||I have not been to Pagan yet (will do) but the influence of foreign elements (British) was quite apparant in this country. Here is one typicalexample of a Church-like Buddhist temple.|
|Personal Buddhist imageries usage is
NOT popular in both Cambodia and Burma. The Pagoda (Cambodia uses a mix of names
of Wat / Pagoda) and its management is slightly different. On a particular visit
to a local Cambodian temple, I have witnessed the differences in practice and decoration.
You can browse around the FEATURED SITE on such a local visit to share my experience.
Shown is a small concealed bowl of Buddhist votive amulets in Cambodian fashion.
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