The Shwedagon at dusk

The Shwedagon Pagoda is Yangon's most famous monument, and its gleaming spires that were once eulogized by Rudyard Kipling are best viewed as the sun starts to set. This famous pagoda is 99m high, covered in gold leaf and shimmers in the sunlight becoming irridescent as the sun's rays catch the gold leaf late in the day. Lying as it does to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, on Singuttara Hill, the Shwedagon has until now dominated the skyline of Yangon. A visit around dusk is a perfect time to see this impressive temple as the temperature drops and locals gather to worship, pay their respects and create a wonderfully spiritual atmosphere.

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