This post is the last installation for my volunteering trip to Myanmar and if you have missed the previous posts, here are the links – Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3. This post is a long overdue post. I know I have been dragging it for too long because I did this Yangon trip in November last year which is half a year ago. Time is passing by way too fast! We are saying goodbye to May and welcoming June! I am quite glad to say that I have a good and peaceful year so far. 🙂
We paid for this one day tour for only USD50 per person which is also inclusive of meals and entrance tickets.
Our first stop was Chaukhtatgyi Paya. The Chaukhtatgyi Paya houses the huge Reclining Buddha. The Reclining Buddha has 108 sacred symbols on the soles of his feet which represent the animate world, the inanimate world and the conditional world. The essence is that the Buddha is greater than all the three worlds.
Our second stop was Maha Pasana Cave (Great Cave). Despite the Great Cave’s name, Maha Pasana Cave is actually a man-made structure, built for the Sixth Buddhist Synod. It is a replica of India’s Satta Panni Cave, where the first Buddhist Synod took place.
Our final stop was Shwedagon Pagoda. Shwedagon Pagoda is massive and the architecture is very impressive. This is the must-go attraction when you visit Yangon.
The pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates and many jewels and diamonds at the top of the stupa. Jason and me did not take any picture together so that explains this photo collage. Throughout our close to 5 years of relationship, we did not really take many photos together. I think we are…erm…lazy to take pictures. Lol!
Depending on your birthday, devotees will choose one of this posts around the stupa and pour water above the marble buddha statues to offer their prayers. My birthday was on a Thursday and the symbol was rat. The number of times your pour water should correspond to your age plus one.
I have not really explored our neighboring Southeast Asia countries so I am pretty glad to visit Myanmar though this volunteering trip with 5Cs. The next SEA country I would love to visit is Vietnam. I dunno when I am gonna visit Vietnam but one day I will…. 🙂