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First Sacred Hair Relic Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

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bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Myanmar :: First Sacred Hair Relic Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Yangon - Botataung Pagoda 

All these news about Myanmar makes you think how much can change in a year. Last year, Myanmar was finally opening up to the rest of the world. Tourists, entrepreneurs, and other people from all walks of life are eager to experience and know more about this country.  It was even flagged as one of those must visits for that year. It should be, of course, because it’s such a nostalgic spot and there’s almost nothing like it.

bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Myanmar :: First Sacred Hair Relic Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Myanmar :: First Sacred Hair Relic Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Without any much effort, the country is really rich in culture and history. Even in the most simple and sacred of things, you will see the richness of Myanmar. Like the First Sacred Hair Relic Pagoda in Botahtaung, Yangon.

bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Myanmar :: First Sacred Hair Relic Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Myanmar :: First Sacred Hair Relic Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Myanmar :: First Sacred Hair Relic Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

The first thing that you’ll notice, after going through a series of market mazes outside the vicinity, is the temple like entrance of the place. Barefooted people coming and going, praying and staring at the emblems of faith around the area. It’s an open space plump of sacred art and religious artifacts.

bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Myanmar :: First Sacred Hair Relic Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar


When you head towards the pagoda, you’ll perceive that it would be a whole new feature inside, as the steps show much opulence and reverence. There is no sign of poor quality or even shortage here as everything you’ll see is covered in gold. From walls, to locks, even the coconuts displayed are covered in gold.


bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Myanmar :: First Sacred Hair Relic Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Myanmar :: First Sacred Hair Relic Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

In the middle of this prosperity labyrinth you will find the highpoint of everything else here: Buddha’s Sacred Hair Relic. It is covered in glass and locks and money offerings. It’s quite small. But, it is enshrined and exhibited in an ivory shrine studded and decorated with pure gold, diamonds, and precious jewels. Outside, you will find some spillage of gold and holiness. It’s definitely the place that will make you doubt or even question the reality and disarray that you may hear about Myanmar. It’s a quiet place. A comfort zone, perhaps. It’s a great reminder that Myanmar is rich, not only with culture and faith, but potential and future as well.

bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Myanmar :: First Sacred Hair Relic Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Myanmar :: First Sacred Hair Relic Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Myanmar :: First Sacred Hair Relic Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 55 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

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