Swedagon Pagoda, Myanmar This is a spectacular place and far more than pictures usually convey. It was helpful to have a guide along to explain the many things to be seen. The pagoda was prepared to undergo its 5 year cleaning so was encased with a bamboo scaffold and cloth but it was stunningly beautiful just the same. The umbrella crown and vane are studded with large precious gems and the very top has a 76 carat (15 gram) diamond.
Pouring water on the Buddha. President Obama did this here recently.