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Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
Myanmar is known for its many golden Buddhist pagodas. The most famous and tallest is the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Legend has it that enshrined inside the pagoda are eight hairs of Buddha.

The stupa soars 100m into the air and can be seen from far away. The base of the stupa is made of bricks plated with gold leaves. Above the base are solid-gold terraces that only monks and men can access. Next is the bell-shaped part of the stupa followed by the inverted alms bowl, the lotus petals, the banana buds then the crown or parasol.

The seven-tiered crown is decorated with gold and silver bells which make tinkling sounds in the wind. The crown is also set with more than 5,000 diamonds, 2,000 rubies and countless precious stones. A 76-carat diamond bud sits at the tip.

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