Yongon Schwegadon Golden Pagoda

I have finally arrived in Yangon after an incredibly long journey.  Most of the group arrives today, but the first three of us that arrived yesterday took the opportunity to get warmed up and visit the most sacred of temples in Burma, the Shwegadon Pagoda in downtown Yangon. This gilded pagoda was built between the 6th and 10th centuries and is 99 meters high.  The size and amount of gold is awe inspiring as is the multitude of devout Buddists who revere this holy place.  We will go back a couple more times but here are a few shots from last night and this morning of the pagoda and some of the devoted.