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The Shwedagon Pagoda is Burma’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage site, also known as the Golden Pagoda, as it is believed to contain sacred relics of the four previous Buddhas of the present kalpa. The 99-metre-tall (325 ft) pagoda is situated on Singuttara Hill in downtown Yangon dominates the area and is visible from much of the city. The stupa is surrounded by 64 small stupas. According to legend the pagoda is more than 2,500 years old dating back to the lifetime of the Buddha but historical evidence suggests the pagoda was built by the Mon around the 6th century. 

The main stupa is completely covered with gold plating and the top of the stupa is encrusted with thousands of diamonds and other precious stones. Above the base are terraces that only monks and other males can access. 

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

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