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  • Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
  • Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
  • Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
  • Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
  • Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
  • Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

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Once called Yangon, Rangoon is the former capital of Myanmar and still retains much of its colonial characters. Although Rangoon’s infrastructure is undeveloped compared to those of other major cities in South East Asia, it has the largest number of colonial buildings in the region today. While many high-rise residential and commercial buildings have been constructed or renovated throughout downtown and Greater Yangon in the past two decades, most satellite towns that ring the city continue to be deeply impoverished. In contrast to the gracious buildings in the downtown area and the old mansion in the diplomatic quarter is the magnificent Shwedagon pagoda, perhaps the most vivid demonstration of how seriously the Burmese take their Buddhist faith, with a stream of devotees bringing offerings to the various different shrines within the temple complex. No visits to Burma is complete without at least a few hours spent at the Shwedagon.
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