A 76ct diamond, no not on Lady E’s finger
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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This was another contribution to the Government coffers but we cannot see how there is any money left after maintaining this absolutely stunning building (well it is more of an area than a building). Whilst really happy this was our final temple I was blown away by it. We saved it till last and I'm really glad we did. The central column is covered in gold leaf redone every year with the upper portion completely gold plated with 13,153 gold plates. Towards the top of the spire there are 1100 diamonds totalling 278 carats and 1383 other precious stones. In addition the pinnacle is a diamond orb which is studded with 4351 diamonds weighing 1800 carats and this is topped with a single 76 carat diamond. WOW! Apparently at sunset the diamond at the top catches the sun and it shines red, orange and green around the site, unfortunately we couldn’t stay to see it but we heard that it is beautiful. As always the people were hugely friendly with monks and other visitors stopping to talk to us and tell us about things. There is so much to see there it is quite a place. There are so many different buildings with huge Buddha statues and important religious relics. We headed back to the hostel and tried to finish of our bottle of rum with a few Star colas as we couldn’t take it on the flight with us (we really enjoyed the rum and Star colas here, rum poured into the glass coke bottles and the rum under the table of course).
We were asleep by about 9pm as again we would be up early but this time it would be with heavy hearts as the day had come to leave Myanmar.