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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

Our time living in Singapore, and our travels back since we left, meant we've been able to travel with relative ease to different parts of the region but somewhere we hadn't been to previously was Myanmar. This, combined with a chance for a catch up with a friend from our Singapore days who now lives there, was reason enough for us to plan a visit as part of our last trip to Singapore. We flew to Yangon arriving late in the afternoon and after freshening up and a drink in the hotel bar we met up with our friend and a friend of hers, who was also visiting Yangon, for a sunset visit to the famous Shwedagon pagoda.

No matter how little (or much) you know about Myanmar you're sure to recognise this pagoda. This is one of Buddhism's most sacred sites in the country and is believed to enshrine eight hairs of the Gautama Buddha (the religious leader on whose teachings Buddhism was founded) as well as the relics of three other former Buddhas. Legend states that there has been a…

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