Shwedagon Pagoda 




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,













dramatic works of art,





and simple displays of elegance,



as well as providing space for people to socialize,









and take care of personal needs




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