The moment we started walking around the huge "forest" of Pagodas, prayer pavilions and resting places on the terrace of the Shwedagon Pagoda ensemble in clockwise direction as suggested I was soon mesmerised and didn't know what to make out of it.
Being the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Yangon because of containing relics of the previous Buddhas between the creation and recreation of the world, as well as a piece of robe pertaining to Kassapa Buddha and eight strands of hair from the head o Gautama Buddha, the gold seen on the stupa is made of genuine gold plates covering the brick structure.
This tradition is said to have been initiated in the 15th century by the Queen Shin Sawbu and maintained ever since thanks to the numerous donations on the part of the public who visit it and among those the worshippers.
I couldn't help but photographing anything that might be considered of interest (not knowing where to start) because it was soon clear I wouldn't be able to memorise all of Chocho's explanations till I got back home and I would need reference points if ever I were to further explore this invaluable Pagoda ensemble.
(To be continued)