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How Buddha's Hair Inspired Burma's Most Sacred Site

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The Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred site in Burma. Its origins can be traced back to the first millennium, when a king was inspired by a legend involving eight strands of Buddha's hair.

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Throughout Burma, temples, stupas, and statues of gold pop out in the lush, green landscape. This golden architecture has become Burma's calling card, but how and why did that become the standard here? Join us as we travel across Myanmar, the jewel of Asia, and reveal the history and myths surrounding these shrines, each one created as an offering to the Buddha. We will visit such treasures as the golden pagoda of Mt. Kyaiktiyo, which rests perilously atop a huge boulder, the 344-foot Shwedagon Pagoda, and the revered Mahamuni Buddha Temple.

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