Shoay Dagone Pagoda [Shwe Dagon Pagoda], Rangoon
Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (c.1845-1911)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Shwe Dagon Paya (Pagoda) at Rangoon (Yangon), in Burma (Myanmar), taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1890s. The Shwe Dagon is Burma’s most revered Buddhist shrine. It is built in the characteristic Burmese form of a stupa or zedi, a gilded, bell-shaped structure with a spire enshrining sacred relics, precious stones and images of the Buddha. It is of ancient origin, and according to legend was founded in the 6th century BC to enshrine hair relics of the Buddha. The pagoda stands in the centre of a terraced platform on the summit of Singuttara Hill, surrounded by many other shrines and pavilions, and has four entrances at the cardinal points of the compass. This is a view looking along a roadway towards the main stupa, which is partially obscured by palm trees in the foreground.