View from Sakura Residence
Lions guarding the entrance to a Pagoda
Welcome to the compound, all the pillars were painted gold and the upper levels were all gold leafed
This is the Victory Square where if you look up to the Pagoda and make a wish it will come true. If you look close you can see some bamboo scafolding on the Pagoda, it was being taken down but had extended all the way to the top, it is put up every 10 years so that the main part of the Pagoda can be regold leafed. The top of the pagoda has bells and jewels on it, it was cool to hear the bells blowing in the wind at the top. The very top contains a 70 karat diamond as a good deed offering.
If you want to see hundreds more pictures and see what Shwedagon looks like from space, paste "16.7983, 96.1496" into google earth or google maps. It looks pretty sweet.
Next up, what would you do with hundreds of huge trees that blew down in cyclone Nargis last year, and the Nar Jar glass factory.