But there is a good reason to visit it. Shwedagon is one of the oldest pagodas in the world, and one of the most valuable as well: the stupa is covered with real gold.
I had a very nice, tranguil time when I visited Shwedagon. I just read the blog of Gideon and his family, and they had the same experience when they visited the pagoda just a shot time ago. If you compare this picture from Gideon’s blog and my picture taken 24 year earlier, you can see that some renovation has taken place; better or worse, I’m not quite sure … Might also be that there are several similar statues, and we have taken pictures of different ones.
I have earlier posted more pictures from Burma year 1987. See them here.