SHWEDAGON PAGODA - MYANMAR
Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon ( Myanmar ) was built more than 2500 years ago. The most significant feature of Shwedagon Pagoda is eight genuine Sandaw ( Hairs of Head ) of the Lord Gawdama Buddha , which were kept , as treasures together with tremendous amount of precious stones and other jewellery inside the pagoda. It is situated on top of the Thein Gottara Hill (the highest hill in Yangon). The pagoda itself is a solid brick stupa (Buddhist reliquary) that is completely covered with gold. It rises 326 feet (99 m) on a hill 168 feet (51 m) above the city. There are 4 sphinxes, one at each corner with 6 leogryphs, 3 on each side of them, many figures of elephants crouching and men kneeling, and pedestals for offerings all around the base. In front of the 72 shrines surrounding the base of the Pagoda, there are also several places images of lions, serpents, ogres, yogis, spirits, or Wathundari .