"Shwedagon pagoda (4): The stupa" Shwedagon Paya Tip by hydronetta
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The base of the stupa is made of bricks covered with genuine gold plates. Burmese all over the country, as well as monarchs in its history, have donated gold to the pagoda to maintain it, a custom that started in the 15th century and continues to this day. We were told that the entrance ticket paid by tourist luckily goes for the maintainance of the pagoda (I hope)
Above the base are terraces that only monks and men can access. Next is the bell-shaped part of the stupa. Above that is the turban then the inverted almsbowl inverted and upright lotus petals the banana bud and then the crown. The crown or umbrella is tipped with 5,448 diamonds and 2,317 rubies. The very top, the diamond bud is tipped with a 76 carat (15 g) diamond.
Address: On Singuttara Hill, East of Kandawgyi lake.
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