Friday, June 13, 2014

Shwedagon Pagoda at Dusk - PhotoHunt

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PhotoHunt theme : Dusk/Round

On a trip to Yangon, we visited the 2500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda when it was nearing dusk and enjoyed a breathtaking sight of it at night when it was lit up from all sides.

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The Shwedagon Pagoda looks absolutely magical at dusk!

The Shwedagon is a beautiful sprawling complex of pagodas with countless statues of Buddha in Yangon, Myanmar. The main pagoda, which is so massive that it can be seen from most of Yangon, is made from real gold (about 8 ton of gold) and all sorts of gems including diamonds, rubies and emeralds. It enshrines the strands of Buddha's hair and other holy relics. It is the biggest pagoda in Asia.

We had to remove our shoes and carried them with us as we hopped round the holy place barefooted, the tiles were HOT! We took as many pictures as possible before it closed for the day. :D

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The temperature turned cool as we walked towards the lake to view the sun set. Many workers who live across the lake were taking the ferry home.

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There were many tourists who were also enjoying the stunning view in the soft light of the early evening.

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A fisherman rowing home at dusk.


30 comments:

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    1. It was an extremely hot day, cloudless and the tiles were scorching hot! When the sun set, the place looked magical.

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  2. You went on holiday, no wonder so quiet recently....

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    1. :P I will try to post more regularly. Lazy ......

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  3. Lucky you to view the sunset at such a nice place. :)

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    1. The tour guide who is an avid photographer, brought us to see the stunning sunset in Yangon and to take photos.

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  4. This is such a nice and beautiful place!

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    1. Magnificent place ....impressive pagoda. Worth a visit.

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    1. Yes, I am not a good photographer but I am very happy with these shots :D

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  6. Beautiful....the one with the pagoda at sunset/dusk is exceptional.

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    1. We could see the golden pagoda and gems glittering in the night lights.

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  7. These are all beautiful ECL I live how you've captured the setting Sun :) Its pretty hot here now too, I'm kinda missing the cool temps.

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    1. I am pleased with these beautiful images.
      Hope the cool temperature will be coming soon.

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  8. What an interesting and beautiful place to visit !

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    1. Indeed, the place is huge and there are lots to see. I have many photos that I have yet to post.

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  9. Did you go around by yourself in Yangon? If so, please provide tips re travelling about there as I would like to go there some day soon.

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    1. I went with a tour group. Transport network is still not well-developed, advisable to go with friends.

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  10. Fascinating pagoda and pictures at dusk, beautiful!! and thanks for your warm welcome back, my friend. Cheers and happy weekend!

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  11. Gorgeous captures...love the story of hopping round the hot floor on bare feet!

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    1. It was unavoidable.....the floor was baking in the hot sun..... there were no sheltered walkways.

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  12. Sure a lot of gold. Your first picture I thought there were snow on ground.
    It amazing when a little light is showing.

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    1. I have not seen so much gold and precious gems in my life! The hot sun caused the reflection.

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  13. Hi ECL, wow beautiful photo collection. I love sunsets. The Pagoda is so beautiful.

    Have a great weekend.

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  14. Oh my word, that Pagoda is incredible. Wonderful pictures of it. Thinking of you hopping around barefoot in this Holy place made me smile though!

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  15. The second photo very nice la. Can make into postcard.

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