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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – 2017 – part 2 of 2

By on March 26, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma

This is part 2 of 2 on my visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – you can read the first post here – Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – 2017 – part 1 of 2. It is also my second visit to the pagoda and you can read about my last visit in the following posts – Shwedagon Pagoda (Paya), Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – part 1 of 2 and Shwedagon Pagoda (Paya), Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – part 2 of 2.

One thing was different about this visit – I had followed my own advice and visiting in the evening, so as to avoid the scorching hot marble (you are not allowed to wear shoes and socks in the temple complex).

The other reason I wanted to visit in the evening was because I wanted to see the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda in the light of the setting sun as I had heard it was spectacular.

As the sun set small oil lamps were lit around part of the temple.



And the visitors seemed to become more relaxed as the evening cooled.



And the Shwedagon Pagoda did look stunning against the darkening evening sky. This effect was enhanced by the floodlights on the pagoda.




And then I got the shot that I have seen on so many postcards and books being sold around the pagoda.

When I first saw the shots I thought they had been enhanced or ‘fiddled’ in Photoshop, but actually as the sky darkens and the floodlights come on you get this almost unreal sharp image of the pagoda against the sky.

Below is my photo, and I can assure you that no filters have been near this image.


The gold of the building at the Shwedagon Pagoda do look stunning when floodlit




Wow, just wow…  Another stunning visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma).  I can certainly recommend it as a stop if you are in Yangon. It is an amazing place.  And I would recommend that you visit late afternoon/early evening, as that way you avoid the heat of the day (and burning your feet on the jot marble) and you get to see the floodlit pagoda against the night sky.  Stunning.

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