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It's impossible to avoid uploading a photograph of Shw Dag獼 Paya. Visiting this pagoda is far more than just wandering around and looking at the shrines, pavilions, images, bells and stupas. It's a place you feel as much as see. There's a quite amazing atmosphere here - sometimes serene, sometimes exciting, but always enjoyable. This is the most celebrated and ancient shrine in Burma/Myanmar, and indeed in the South East Asia. It's peculiar sanctity is due to the fact that it is supposed to contain relics of all four Buddhas who have up to the present time appeared.
These relics are: 'The Drinking Cup' of Kaukathan ; ''the Robe'' of Gaunagohn; ''The Staff'' of Kathapa; and ''Eight Hairs'' of Gaudama.
A ceremony was held while I was there; young girls before entering as nuns in a Monastery accompanied by their families and friends. Everyone celebrating this event and the girls specially dressed for it.

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