Rangoon is many people's (including ours) first stop in Myanmar and the highlight of the city is the Shwedegon Paya which dates from around the 6th Century but has been rebuilt many times due to earthquakes. Also, and I love this story, supposedly a Queen in 15th Century donated her own body weight in gold, which was beaten into gold leaf and used to cover the Stupa.
This is a huge Buddhist temple. It is so important to the Burmese that whenever it hoves into view when you are in taxi, the driver, whilst still driving, performs a wei to it. This involves taking both hands off the wheel and bowing his head so he can't really see where we're going and it is a little disconcerting, to say the least.
For once we had planned ahead and timed our visit for sunset so we could experience the sunlight glinting off the massive golden Stupa at the centre of the complex. Obviously, though it was under repair while we were there so was covered in coconut matting and bamboo scaffolding... No gorgeous sunset pics... However, still stunning.
One of the things that I really liked was the detail of, well, all of the complex. If it can be left simple and unadorned then it wasn't. Lots of intricate carving on every roof and pillar.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.