The Schwedagon Pagoda is the largest temple in Myanmar.

The Schwedagon Pagoda is the largest temple in Myanmar. This conical, 98-meter-high, with 50,000 kilos of gold leaf and thousands of valuable precious stones covered pagoda is located on the hill Singuttara in a suburb of Rangoon. She is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage destinations in the world. According to tradition, eight hairs of the last Buddha are preserved in the pagoda, together with relics of three previous Buddhas.

With the construction of the pagoda it was started in the 5th century BC. Since then, the building has been heavily damaged by earthquakes, but has been rebuilt over and over again - a subsequent version by numerous gold and jewelery gifts each time bigger and more splendid than the previous one.

Around the pagoda a pavilion with dozens of smaller pagodas, temples and statues has been created. Even the smaller pagodas became more and more beautiful when they had to be rebuilt after an earthquake.

In one of the temples there is a 15 ton heavy clock. In 1824 the English wanted to bring this clock to England, but she fell off the river. The Burmese managed to get her out of the water again with boats and bamboo sticks.

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The Schwedagon Pagoda is the largest temple in Myanmar.
The Schwedagon Pagoda is the largest temple in Myanmar.

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