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The Golden Shrine

The Shwe Dagon, or the Golden Pagoda in Myanmar (Burma) is the principal shrine of Buddhism. It is built of brick in the form of a cone and stands over a chamber which is said to contain eight of the Buddha's hairs.
The 112 m (368 ft) high pagoda stands on a hill overlooking Yangon (Rangoon), the capital of the country and presents a dazzling sight, covered as it is with 8868 thin sheets of gold!
The beautiful pagoda is said to have been built in the late 13th or early 14th century.

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