September 1, 2013

Shwedagon Paya, Myanmar

Photograph by Ian Teh, Panos Pictures

One of the world's largest Buddhist shrines, Shwedagon Paya in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) is crowded with ornate, multitiered pagodas and dome-shaped stupas trimmed in gold. Rudyard Kipling immortalized the 2,500-year-old complex as a "beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun" in From Sea to Sea, 1899.

Learn more about burgeoning Burma in this month's National Geographic Traveler cover story, "The Traveler 50: People, Places, and Ideas Changing the Way We Travel" >>

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