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Shwedagon Pagoda 

Yangon

 

 

Shwedagon Pagoda

seen from the outside

 

It dominates a large area of Yangon (Rangoon)

Jeff Lovinger

This photo was taken by Jeff Lovinger, a Cape Cod photographer

see more of his wonderful photos at www.lovingerimages.com

  

 

It's not your ordinary pagoda

 

it's virtually a city of gold

 

a 325-foot gilded stupa, spawning a forest of smaller stupas

 

stupa:  a dome-shaped structure erected as a Buddhist shrine

 

 

 

surrounded on all sides by spacious walkways

 

 

branching off into a seemingly endless array of rooms,

 

 

 

Buddhas,

 

 

 

shrines,

 

 

 

 

dramatic works of art,

 

 

 

 

and simple displays of elegance,

 

 

as well as providing space for people to socialize,

 

 

 

 

pray,

 

 

 

and take care of personal needs

 

 

 

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