Myanmar: Shwedagon Pagoda at night (video)


WATCH: Shwedagon Pagoda at night Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Shwedagon Pagoda is a startling and stunning site. I recommend you visit especially for sunset, the evening colors and if possible at near full moon as we did. After sunset as the sky turns from blue to black, it seems the golden shimmers of the pagoda get stronger.

You can pour water at the Buddha station which matches the day of your birth. There are eight days as Wednesday is split into morning and evening. We saw a Buddhism in Russia exhibit which was interesting.

On Saturday night, there were many families praying, lighting candles and enjoying the temple complex together. The sounds of the gongs and many incredible buildings all contribute to an intense sense of peace.

My favorite thing is to see a procession; I love to see the area alive with action. As we watched a group went by with one young man blowing the conch shell, the others keeping a beat and all very determined to participate appropriately.

There is gold, gems and a 76-carat diamond but it is not the jewels that sparkle brightest for me but the feeling of this awesome place.

This movie is from our 28 days in Myanmar (Burma) from September 28, 2012 to October 26, 2012 and our year TRIP in South East Asia, see all the videos from our trip.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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