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Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar


Myanmar is one of the most mysterious countries in the world. It borders India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Each of these destinations (except, perhaps, for Bangladesh) is full of tourists. But Myanmar remains outside of usual tourist routes. There are no direct flights from Russia, visa to Myanmar is not the easiest one to get, not to mention that it's not really advertised by travel agencies. This is why this amazing destination remains unknown to the world.

To say that one misses a lot by not going there is an understatement (you'll understand why when you see our panoramas). This country with a century-old history has preserved countless of monuments and it is rightfully called the "Golden Country" or "The Land of Golden Pagodas". There are around 2500 pagodas there. In fact, the entire country is one huge archaeological reserve, which preserves heritage of ancient civilizations.

Shwedagon Pagoda at dusk

Of course, it's impossible to describe thousands of pagodas and other Myanmar landmarks in just one article and to show all of them in one panorama cycle. So we're planning to tell you only about the most outstanding monument, the Shwedagon Pagoda (stupa).

Stupa is a dome symbolizing Buddha's teachings. Usually stupas serve as Buddhist shrines and repositories of sacred Buddhist texts. Some stupas conceal different vessels with Buddha's pieces of clothing or his hairs. Stupas are topped with spires that look like umbrellas, a symbol of protection from the rays of ignorance. Bells are hanging on the stupas to express the symbol of doing some good things.

The capital of Myanmar, Yangon (Rangoon) is known for the most famous stupa in the country, the Shwedagon Pagoda, along with a temple complex around it. These constructions are a couple thousand years older than the city itself. The name comes from «Shwe» (Burmese for "gold") and «Dagon» (previously this settlement was situated where the modern Yangon now exists).

Shwedagon Pagoda, closeup

According to the mystical yet forgotten legend, in ancient times this was the place where relics of three predecessors of Buddha were kept: the staff of Kakusandhi, the water filter of Konagamana, and a piece of tunic of Kassapa.

One day unknown brothers took a few hairs of Buddha from India, but during the trip they were attacked and robbed several times. However, they were able to deliver part of the sacred treasure — they brought eight hairs of Buddhism founder to Myanmar.

A grand festivity was held to celebrate this event. Lord Sakka and four spirits descended from heavens to choose a worthy place to store Buddha's hairs. They helped to discover three forgotten sacred places, and, as a result, it was decided to keep all sacred objects together with proper honors.

Thus, Shwedagon is the only temple in the world which holds four Buddhist relics of such high value. Furthermore, it's one of the few structures created during the life of Buddha.

It was built with great care and thoroughness by ancient Burmese. They dug a hole on a hill near Dagon, built a tomb, and covered it with a golden plate. Several stupas made from different materials were erected on top of it one by one: golden, silver, tin, copper, lead, marble, iron, and brick.

Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon Pagoda reached its current height only in 1774. After being rebuilt several times by King Hsinbyushin, it reached the height of 99 meters above the plate. At the same time the Shwedagon Pagoda started looking the way it looks now.

All sixty-eight surrounding stupas are gilded, while the Shwedagon itself is sheathed with golden plates from top to bottom. 8000 gold plates, 5000 diamonds, 2000 gem stones and semiprecious stones were used to decorate the main pagoda.

So it's not surprising that the stupa was repeatedly plundered over the years, and some parts, like three hundred years old bell encrusted with jewels, are now lost. However, the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar has survived to see our days in its full glory.

There are bells hanging along the perimeter of the temple complex with wooden mallets lying nearby. It is believed that if you make a wish and hit the bell three times it will come true. So here and there you can always hear a bell's ringing in the distance.

This Myanmar landmark represents this country like the Moscow Kremlin represents Russia, or Mount Fuji represets Japan. The Shwedagon temple complex is one of the largest architectural ensembles not only in Myanmar, but in all of Southeast Asia. You can always see the golden cone of the central stupa dozens of kilometers away from Yangon, both from sea and land.

Planet of Shwedagon

In order to get to the pagoda you have to climb the highest hill. But modern technologies made this task a lot easier: an escalator can take you to the Scwedagon. And for those of you who are thousands miles away from this amazing monument, there is a perfect opportunity to see it from the height of our panoramas.

Photography by Stanislav Sedov and Dmitry Moiseenko

12 October 2012

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Hnit Sun Htun, Singapore

Shwedagon temple is one of the most sacred and beautiful temple on earth. I'm very proud of Burmese people to make Buddhism flourish both by practicing and by art. I wish to be born here in the future life.

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myo mya, Myanmar

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Myo Thida Oo, Myanmar

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Dan Mihalache, Romania

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carmen gloria alvarez vazquez, Spain

It was the most impresssive building I anytimes saw.

Norbert Richter, Germany

I love myanmar.thank u so much.i neverget my country in my heart.

aungmyomhtike yarthargyi, Myanmar


Kyaw Zin Htike, Myanmar

Thank you very much for the amazing pictures!

Hoe Wong, USA

I am English and Russian speaking Tourist Guide living in Myanmar. I was shocked when I was looking these 360 degree panoramic views of Our Shwedagon Pagoda. I go many times there..but just never have not seen the 3D photo of this kind before ..wonderful..very very wonderful..really..unique one !! I would say..! And Thank you so much for sharing the beauties mentioned above.

KO KO NAING, Myanmar

Thank you very much for posting this wonderful panorama of the magnificent pagoda in my hometown of Yangon. Although I live in the United States now, I always make it a point to visit the Shwedagon whenever I go back to Myanmar. Thanks again!

Cho Sett, USA

ñïàñèáî for excellent web sites. Very professionally done and extremely entertaining. Regards from sunny Tucson, Arizona

John Tyler, USA

thanks for inspiration

Ewa Waldeck-Kurtyka, Poland

Very fascinating, amazing.
I would like to Burma ever looked.

Pavla Vágnerová, Czech Republic

I have enjoyed many good projects of your team around many famous places of the world. Please keep up the good work.

Phoon Peng Pooi, Singapore

Thank you, Phoon! We will. And you come back again :)

Varvara, AirPano

I want to join in Tipitak Chanting programme

Bijan Hazra, India


ye htet, Russian Federation

Thanks for your information. "That's great".....

acharya kushmila, Nepal

This is the reason I am always proud on my country as Myanmar citizen.

April Nyunt, Myanmar

You really have a reason to proud Myanmar!

Varvara, AirPano

Thank you very much!

khaing mon, Myanmar

It is beautiful and interest.

Vladimir Rychnovsky, Czech Republic

Thank you. Beautiful! Love and light, Stef

Stephanie Brent, Spain

Thank u

kyaw ko ko, Myanmar

Thank you guys so much for taking so much beautiful pictures, I hope one day you can visit China and take some pictures like this.

Shannon Tu, China

Thank you so much for sharing these and taking the photo like that I have never seen before. I am proud of that "I am from Myanmar".

Dr. Khin Myat Nwe ..., Myanmar

Many thanks to you! You born in interesting country!

Varvara, AirPano

Many thanks for sharing panoramic view of Shwedagon,proud of you !

Thant Oo, Myanmar


thura oo, Myanmar


khine zin, Myanmar

The Shwedagon Pagoda looks magnificent, great, and beautiful in the middle of Yangon. Thank Ko Kyaing from Hong Kong for sharing the 360 deg. pagoda aerial panorama video. I have never had a chance to view the Shwedagon Pagoda from air when I lived in Burma.

John (Wai Myint) Lee, USA

Thank you so much for making all the effort and share with the world.

Stephen Zhou, Taiwan Region

Fantastic ! by looking at the Shwedagon Pagoda you find Peace and Tranquality - wonderful view from all angles very well done.

Joan(Sydney Australia)

Joan Simons, Australia

amazing work

sithu hein, Singapore

Sweet work, Dude.

Jeff Crosthwaite, Thailand

That's amazing your have done picture were people can see they home,and people who wants to vizit Shwedagon Pagoda.Great job!!!I admire you!!

Alina Nikoleta, Greece


sawthu wai, Myanmar

Very amazing photos. Many thanks.

Kyaw Htay, New Zealand


Phoe Toke Gyi, Myanmar

Hi. a best of my friend send it to me on my email this link.i've been to BURMA on 2011 on APRIL. for 3 weeks visit,with my 3 young kids. we went to Shwedagone Pagoda more than 5 times day & night with my family . i haven't been to back home about 10 years so i felt that to see as many time as we can & enjoyable to see all i missed out for so many year, it's so beautiful especially at night i do not want to come back. Now with your effort & brilliant idea to share your gold to see people around the world is as a Burmese people we r really proud off our self that we had Treasure in our country. Thank u so much for sharing to see all yr hard work & who live in over see like us we r still can see the view off our mother nature land.

KIKI WIN, Australia

A nice combination of architectural mastery of our forefathers and artistic skill of the photographer! Appreciate it. Thanks.

Khin Moe Aye, Myanmar

Thank you so much for all

myat pyue, Myanmar

oh my......the most beautiful thing ive seen.thank you for taking me with you

christina lemieux, USA

I am getting home sick after watching. Thank you for sharing. Great job!

Myo Maung, USA

Thank you for sharing. Beautiful.No wonder it's also called one of the seven wonders in the world.

Robert Chen, USA

Fantastic!Thank you for the effort!

myoe aung, Myanmar

Hi! Thanks so much for our beautiful HOLY SHWEDAGON PAGODA as you let know our country across the world !

Wai Oo, Myanmar

It is a wonderful photography and with beautiful back ground music. We All Burmese people are proud to own one of the most wonders in the world.

Nelson Sao, USA

Without your technology and efforts we Burmese may not be able to express the beauty of our Shwedagon Pagoda.If you travel by plane you will see this pagoda surrounded by and at the top of the clouds.

win tin, Thailand


smah alIraqi, Iraq

Absolutely fantastic and beautiful. This is my country and am so proud that I am Burmese. I felt a few years ago and still miss it. The people are so gracious and kind. As I am typing this tears are falling down my face just miss it so much. Thank you very much for this brought back great memories for me. Once again thank you very much.

Jeanne Kensit, United Kingdom


Yadanar Mon, Myanmar


Yadanar Mon, Myanmar

wonderful & excellent

kyin nwe, Myanmar


Titi aungkyawnaing, Myanmar

So beautiful. ! was there in 1999. I wish I was still there. It is magic. the air seemed to be filled with Jasmine and incence. Your photography is amazing. all your videos are. the only thing I don't understand is why People call this Government Represive. I never saw any signes of it. but if some one threatened this culture I would be ready to help defend it too.

kenneth ambrose, USA

Absolutely wonderful photography and so well put together. I nearly got to Myanmar in 1996 and we were waiting for a flight in Bangkok but the political situation changed suddenly and our visas were revoked so we couldn't go. What a disappointment so its great to be able to see what i missed. Thanks!

Liz Russell, Spain

Beautiful photography which fully brings the wonderful architecture. It is a tribute to the workmanship in the olden days. Thanks a lot for sharing. Do the same for other sights.

Vijay Shroff, India

Yes,It is so wonderful & beautiful.Amazing Grace.Thank You
Very Much for great sharing.Blessings & Peace On Earth.

God Bless You All !
God Bless Burma !
God Bless U.S.A !

Daw Htway Lay Khine.
December Land !!!!

December Htway Lay Khine Chwa, USA


december chwa, USA

So wonderful and beautiful. Very well presented. Thank you for this post. Blessings, Metta, Melodie

Melodie Munro, United Kingdom

thanks for your information, if you have any information let me know..

may mon, Myanmar

Burma the Land Of Pogodas & Japan Land of the Rising Sun asI was told as a kid in Burma . It's so nice to know and see what others have to say of this Beautiful Place sad as it may be . After all I was Born there too . Today we are all over the world . Thank You Ever So Much . Cheers

Ronnie Baroni, Australia

To wander the plaza at Dusk and see a full moon rise over Shwedagon is one of my most cherished memories of Myanmar .. The people I met were without exception gracious and helpful to a traveler . In spite of a repressive government the grace and gentleness of all my friends in Myanmar shines thru ..

Robin Nordman, Canada

Dear Friend,
I found one sentence in your expression like, "Bells are hanging on stupas to drive away evil demons." That is a wrong meaning. Instead, the real meaning is, "Bells are hanging on the stupas to express the symbol of doing some good things(donation) we had done.

Ye Myint, USA

Thank you, Ye


So beautiful indeed! Your superb photography makes it even more attractive!!

Erlinda Saw, Germany

Amazing photography, thanks for sharing.

Mrs Khin San Win Maung, United Kingdom

Prachtig daar hè ! Ik ben er zelf geweest!
Nog veel mooier dan de tempels in Thailand.

Gea Timmer, Netherlands

Amazing place and wonderful photography !!!

Divya Lekha, India

"Thank so much.It makes me feel like I am back at The Shewdagon Pagoda!I have over forty years not go back to my country.I am planing a trip back on next year vacation. Thank you for preparing me!

Dicky LOK, USA

Great works! We're proud of your noble work which gives us architectural expression of greatness and beauty

Swe Aye, Myanmar

Incredible,very precious arts work,cannot find any where else.
thank for sharing panoramic view of Shwedagon.

Lay Lin ( Lynn Lynn) Owyong, USA

It is so famous in Myanmar.Thanks sender.

Pyi Sone, Myanmar

Nice Work

Larry Turner, Australia

Superb!!! have to visit once in one's life.

anchali atibaedya, Thailand

Thanks a lot for bringing to the world attention of this beautiful Golden Pagoda( Stupa) both picture and brief history. It is marvelous. For about 30 years of my life, I was raised and educated in that city and had the opportunity to visit Shwedagon every Sunday morning. I paid at least12 visit to that Pagoda bare feat from my house about 3to 4 miles to the Pagoda from all four side climbing stairs to the top and offer my prayers. I feel proud to see and read this presentation form the country of my birth & Nationality.

U Kan Tha (a) Kantilal P. Kamdar, USA


Vicky Chisari, Australia

Great job, thanks for sharing.

khin soemoe, Myanmar

Hi Stanislav and Dmitriy
Thank you for your great job. It is called ku-tho (good effort) as well.

Kyaw Aung, Canada

The most Magnificent and Sublime;
Incomparable Beauty.
Sadhu sadhu Sadhu

Khin Kyi Htay, Myanmar

What an amazing work! Thank you so much for making all the effort and share with the world.

With metta
Mie Mie

Mie Mie Tun, Australia

I am very much proud of the team who did this excellent 360 Degree Aerial Panorama of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon (Rangoon), MYANMAR (BURMA).

Soe Myint (from Cambodia)

Soe Myint, Myanmar

Parabéns pelas magnificas fotos.

Paulo Rattes, Brazil

Awesome and incredible places in this marvellous world where we live !!!!

Elsa Gomwz, Mexico


sheran Kuang, Taiwan Region

i have had the unique sight of swedagon pagoda from my living room window for one and a half years. memories make me "home sick".
thanks so much sharing the beautyful pictures

viggo jakobsen, Norway

Very Nice

Behrang Siyame, Iran

Great shot,wonderful,Congratulation. Thank you so much for u r effort to bring us to see

MyatPhaYar-Shwe-Dagon from the amazing new view that i could not take like u.

Nei Lynn, Myanmar

" Terrific,.!! Thank you so much.....""

Maw Thein, Myanmar

zibast.az inja be tamame ham vatanam salam arz mikonam.

mohsen sarijlo, Iran

Thank you

hadis ramezankhani, Iran

woooooooooooooooooooooooooow.it is very beautiful .

delnia khezraqa, Iran

Thanks for such effort to show the most beautiful Burmese architecture to the world. Burmese civilisation and culture can now be marvelled at by the outside world.

HK Ong, Singapore

Congratulation,amazing photography,thanks for sharing.

Ann Stevens, Canada

Um dos lugares no Mundo que gostaria de visitar a Índia, este belo monumento, símbolo da cultura budista. Começando a viagem por Goa, Damão e Diu.
Que ainda tem muita influência da presença portuguesa, que começou no sec.xxv. Um povo aventureiro.

ana pascoa, Portugal

A truly heavenly place!!!! Wonderful architecture. Would like to visit it. :)

Fren Bill, India

Magnificent !! Thank you so much...

Phoebe Raggett, United Kingdom

As allways, is more thsan beautiful your labor around the world.thanks,so much, to let us know how many beauties we have.


Super Klasse magnefic.......

van Walter Opree

Walter Oprée, Netherlands

Amazing place and briliant captivation by the team, The sound & vision brings tranquity to the inner soul. Thank you very much.

Dipak Dave, United Kingdom


reza ansari, Iran