Pretoria Image: Shwedagon Pagoda at Night

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Shwedagon Pagoda at Night

The Shwedagon Pagoda (?????????????????, IPA: [?wèd??ò?? p??já]); Mon: ???? ??????, [t?a?? t?k???], officially named Shwedagon Zedi Daw ([?wèd??ò?? zèdìd??]) and also known in English as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda, is a gilded pagoda and stupa 99 metres (325 ft) in height[citation needed] that is located in Yangon, Burma. The pagoda lies to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, on Singuttara Hill, thus dominating the skyline of the city. It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese with relics of four past Buddhas enshrined within: the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Ko??gamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa and eight strands of hair from Gautama. Uppatasanti Pagoda is an exact replica of Shwedagon Pagoda in Naypyidaw, the capital of Burma.

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