Yangon, November4th

posted Nov 4, 2013, 8:10 AM by Jacqui Stanley   [ updated Nov 10, 2013, 5:01 PM ]
November 4th, 2013
This afternoon we met with the delegates in our group and departed for a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda.
The Shwedagon Pagoda is simply unbelievable. The main pagoda is 230 feet tall and at its tip is a diamond orb containing 1,800 carats of diamonds. 
The pagoda was built as a shrine to house the eight hairs from Lord Buddha when he obtained enlightenment.
The shrine was maintained from 600 BC to the 14th century and in 1774, it was rebuilt to a height of 326 feet. It is astonishing to walk barefoot with hundreds of devotees through a seemingly endless city of gold. 
It sounds garish and commercial, but it is not. The gentle Burmese people make the shrine a very mystical place.

We spent three hours wandering around the 114 acres of the pagoda shrine. I found my planetary post which has the symbol of a dragon!

By the time we departed, the sun had set and we heard the sound of bells each time a worshiper paid homage to the buddha.

We all shared a wonderful meal in Yangon and looked forward to a big day of professional meetings tomorrow.