Around 566 B.C. Siddhartha (Gautama Buddha) was born as the prince in a region of India. The wise advisors of the royal family predicted before Siddhartha’s birth that if he saw someone old, someone sick, someone who was dead, and met a monk he would leave the palace and become a monk himself rather than a prince. Siddhartha’s mother died at his birth and his father spent time and money to guard Siddhartha from leaving the palace. But, Siddhartha ventured out and the predictions of the wise advisors became true. Buddha left the palace and lived a life revolved around discovering the root of suffering and happiness. Lord Buddha sat beneath the Bodhi tree for forty days until he felt as though he had truly found himself. Gautam Buddha spent his time helping others and teaching them how to find themselves in the face of suffering and unhappiness. Lord Buddha taught that in order to be truly happy, one must reach enlightenment, a state in which they are selfless and free of greed, desire, and want. When Siddhartha finally reached freedom from all worldly things he became the Buddha, or the Enlightened One.
The Shwedagon Pagoda ( Burmese: ; officially titled Shwedagon Zedi Daw , also known as the Golden Pagoda, is a 98-metre (approx. 321.5 feet) gilded stupa located in Yangon, Burma. The pagoda lies to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, on Singuttara Hill, thus dominating the skyline of the city. It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese with relics of the past four Buddhas enshrined within, namely the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Konagamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa and eight hairs of Gautama, the historical Buddha.
Location : Yangon, Burma
Constructed : 6th Century
Architect : King Okkalapa
Shwedagon Pagoda brights up in gold and is often visited for its grand scale