A buddhist monk makes circumambulations of the upper tiers of Shwedagon Pagoda, placing gold leaf as he goes, Rangoon, Burma
Monks congregate in one of the many surrounding temples of Shwedagon.
Shwedagon Zedi Daw The, as it is known locally,or The Crown of Burma less formally, is rumoured to be the oldest pagoda in the world dating to 2,600 years old. Standing 99m tall and crowning a hilltop, it can be seen from all over Yangon, by day and night.
The main gold-plated dome is topped by a stupa containing over 7,000 diamonds, rubies, topaz' and sapphires,all offset by a massive emerald positioned to reflect the setting sun.
As Myanmar's most revered shrine it has always been customary for families and followers of the Buddha to make the pilgrimage to Shwedagon in the same way that Muslims feel compelled to visit the Kaaba at Mecca, at least once in their lifetime.