Here’s some of what the Smiling Albino’s – Myanmar – All That Glitters, Asia’s Golden Land Brochure – 2014 has to say about Yangon and the Shwedagon Pagoda:
“After a Burmese breakfast, we’ll head off to explore the most important religious pilgrimage site in the country: Shwedagon Pagoda. Visible from almost anywhere in the Yangon, it was built more than 2,500 years ago when the city was a small riverside village. Today we’ll explore what’s behind the golden façade of the Golden Pagoda, while learning the history of the pagoda itself. We’ll also search into the deeper insight of the Buddhist religion and how local spiritual belief is mixed with the belief in nats – the Myanmar spirits.
Our intriguing morning starts from the bottom of the hill and passing through workshops, markets and monasteries. With a deeper understanding of this special country, we’ll be well prepared for the rest of our journey!
Next let’s calm our hunger spirits with a local lunch, then spend the
afternoon exploring downtown on foot with its extensive presence of colonial architecture and heritage buildings.”
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