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Schwedagon Pagoda, Yangon and Lunch at 999 Shan Noodle

by wired2theworld on June 7, 2016

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

After our Heritage Building walk and a refreshing beer in the Strand Hotel bar, Bob walked us over to where we’d decided to have lunch, a restaurant called 999 Shan Noodle at No. 130 B 34th Street. It’s not fancy, and it’s not expensive, but it certainly was delicious, and we had a nice time chatting with the owner and her nephew who was taking publicity photos of the food. They sent some of that food over to our table for us to taste. I loved the fried pillows of chickpea tofu, but really, it’s all about the noodles here.

999 Shan Noodle Restaurant

999 Shan Noodle Restaurant on 34th street

Noodles at 999 Shan Noodle Restaurant

Noodles at 999 Shan Noodle Restaurant

Fried Tofu at 999 Shan Noodle Restaurant

Fried garbanzo bean tofu at 999 Shan Noodle Restaurant

999 Shan Noodle Restaurant

999 Shan Noodle Restaurant

Owner of 999 Shan Noodle Restaurant

Owner of 999 Shan Noodle Restaurant- Our table of demolished food lower right.

Owner of 999 Shan Noodle Restaurant

Owner and her nephew at 999 Shan Noodle Restaurant

999 Shan Noodle Restaurant

Outside of 999 Shan Noodle Restaurant

After lunch we took a taxi to see what is arguably Yangon’s most famous tourist stop, Schwedagon Pagoda. Once there, we had to go through the tourist entrance, pay our $8 admission fee, and leave our shoes near the ticket booth. Please dress conservatively when visiting, no shorts above the knee and no bare arms (for both men and woman).

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

The pagoda is over 2500 years old and the stupa is covered in gold and topped with a 72 carat diamond. I suppose this befits the place where strands of the Buddha’s hair have been enshrined.

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon- the famous Bodhi Tree.

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon; “No comment.”

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon -burning incense.

This is a very large complex and it was crowded with the faithful and monks of all ages. The day we were there it was raining and thankfully they had rubber mats covering the slick marble pavers.

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Making offerings at Schwedagon Pagoda

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda Buddha

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda Buddha

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon – That’s one big gong, Dave!

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

The skies darkened and suddenly it began to dump rain. Everyone ran for cover.

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

The young monks all seem to have cell phones.

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda Monks

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar

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Inle Resort view

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