Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

The Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda, is a 99 meters pagoda and stupa located in Yangon. It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese with relics of the past four Buddhas enshrined within: the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Koṇāgamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa and eight strands of hair from Gautama, the historical Buddha. It is not clear when it was built, some records show that it has existed for more than 2 600 years, but according to historians and archaeologists, it was built between the 6th and 10th centuries CE. It is covered by real gold.