Happy New Year
After a wonderful nights’ sleep we enjoy a magnificent breakfast and a free morning before getting together for an afternoon excursion in Yangon. We start by visiting the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda to see a 70-metre long reclining Buddha statue! The soles of the Buddha’s feet contain 108 segments in red and gold colours each showing images representing the 108 Lakshmana’s or “auspicious characteristics” of the Buddha. This is our first visit to a pagoda visit and we are reminded to remove our shoes and socks when we enter, as well as making sure our knees and shoulders are covered. This will soon become second nature to us. Next stop is the Royal Lake located in Kandawgyi Park where we see a reproduction of the Royal Barge before we continue to the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon’s most famous landmark. The pagoda is 99 metres high, and gold plated with a diamond studded spire. It is set on top of a hill in downtown Yangon and is visible from much of the city. Visitors walk around the base of the pagoda and it is, of course, pretty busy. Richard loses one of his guests as we walk around the pagoda anti-clockwise. The guest has gone clockwise so they meet up again in due course!
Photo: Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, Reclining Buddha © Dawn Furlong