The Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon is set on a platform on Singuttara Hill.
The Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon is set on a platform on Singuttara Hillin within the people's park. Shwedagon Entrance for foreigners is $ 5,- actually, it's worth it. There are about 300 smaller Buddha Shrines of various sizes grouped around the main stupa. The Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is Myanmar’s Buddhist's version of the Vatican and similar to the the Kaaba for Muslims standing atop Theingottara Hill adjacent to Peoples Park.
Shwedagon Pagoda West Entrance.
Shwedagon Pagoda during British Colonial Occupation.
Usually this monumental Buddhist structure is maintained via donations but since the UK & US & EU still have a total economic embargo on Myanmar (they want to present the biggest country of the ASEAN to the Chinese) even now 60 years after the end of WW2 the Myanmars are trying to collect money in other ways too considering what the Shwedagon Pagoda is for a monumental building, $ 5, - actually only minimal money.
Shwedagon Pagoda Layout..
Surrounding the main Shwedagon stupa in a circular layout are 72 small stone temples and shrines each with one and more Buddha sculptures inside. In between are images of lions and elephants, Nats ( the ghost's) and Bilus ( terrifying demons ). The corners of the first base of the stupa are guarded by sphinxes and for "protection" are still 24 Chinthe figures six on each side plus some naga.
In line with the geometric of the Shwedagon Pagoda layout are the axes opposite the entrances and four Tazaungs this are halls which are crowned with multi-story roofs They are richly decorated and inside are the most revered of the Buddha sculptures where devotees are meditating and praying. Although the "Buddhist World" is more fragmented than Christians and Muslims this sacred shrine is probably the most famous among the devotees.
The real dimension one can see is after entering the Shwedagon pagoda platform since the main stupa is only one among many although it is the biggest.
There are countless smaller shrines in the usual colors yellow gold and white. How does the stupa look today? Its a rectangular platform with a dimension of 214 x 275 meters extending from north to south, and is about 25 m over the flat terrain surrounding it.
As usual in Myanmar four stairways lead to the Shwedagon Pagoda platform which are aligned with the axes of the central stupa and covered with tiered roofs which is the typical Burmese platform architecture.
The western entrance of the Shwedagon Pagoda has 175 steps; at the south side is the shortest with 104. The structure is terraced with a bell shaped top indicate the slopes of Mt. Meru, the abode of Hindu gods. The monument is a symbol of Buddha functions as a big protective chamber the main difference is into a temple you can walk in into a stupa you cant.the only open space in the pagoda are rome chambers with donations and because of the age this sacral structure received plenty of donations over the long timeframe.
Shwedagon Pagoda Diamond Orb.
On top of the pagoda this are real genuine diamonds. All valuables have been donated to the Shwedagon Pagoda over the last 2000 years.
Shwedagon Pagoda Buddha Shrine. There are almost 200 Buddha Temples of various sizes around the main stupa it is a honor to every normal Myanmar citizen to be allowed having his very own temple being built on the pagoda platform.
Since the Shwedagon Pagoda is existing since roughly 2000 years its not so easy to be accepted as a pagoda builder. Several shrines are replaced by more opulent structures with more precious donations included.
Shwedagon Pagoda Buddhist Shrines.
Hundreds of Bhuddist shrines with interesting artwork are scattered on the platform. To put this place in relation to similar structures in Europe it needs to think about the Vatican and St. Peter Square.