Burma/Myanmar – Sule Pagoda

» Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Featured, long trip, Myanmar, Yangoon

In my previous post, I told you that the number of tourists coming to Myanmar is increasing at a rapid rate. In some area, like the Shwedagon Pagoda or in Bagan, it was very obvious. In other area, like the Sule Pagoda it was not that obvious as we only saw a few tourists. However I believe this will change quickly.

The Sule Pagoda was next to our hotel in Yangoon, our trip was only starting at 8am, so we woke up 1.5 hours before sunrise and went to take pictures of the Pagoda. Tuan, who had been there a couple mornings earlier, gave us a good tip on where to find a great view of the place.

According to the legend, the Sule Pagoda was build before the Shwedagon Pagoda and is over 2500 years old. It’s not as big, nor as holy as the Shwedagon Pagoda but where can you find a Pagoda that serve as a traffic round about?

We got the aerial images of the Pagoda from our hotel. At the end of each corridor there was a window looking straight at the Pagoda. A tripod and a black cloth over the window and you can get a pretty decent shot.

Aerial View of the Sule Pagoda

Aerial View of the Sule Pagoda

The Sule Pagoda was a functional meeting point for anti-government and pro-democracy protesters in 1988 and 2007. The Independence monument is right behind it (the white obelisk).

The Sule Pagoda and the independence monument.

The Sule Pagoda and the independence monument.

The Sule Pagoda in Yangoon is a round about.

The Sule Pagoda in Yangoon is a round about.

Traffic at sunrise around the Sule Pagoda

Traffic at sunrise around the Sule Pagoda

Sule Pagoda from the pedestrian bridge

Sule Pagoda from the pedestrian bridge

After sunrise, we went inside. This was our first Pagoda (our tour was not starting until 8am), so we did not know that we had to remove our shoes before stepping inside the courtyard. Guess what? at sunrise, there is no guard, so we went inside with our shoes.

We did not go very far, the first person we met told us nicely to remove our shoes. So if you are going to Burma, remove your shoes before entering any holy places.

At sunrise there is few people and very very few tourists.

At sunrise there is few people and very very few tourists.

Praying at sunrise in the Sule Pagoda

Praying at sunrise in the Sule Pagoda

The ancien and the new. Details of the Sule Pagoda with a new building in the background

The ancient and the new. Details of the Sule Pagoda with a new building in the background

Gold details of the entrance portal of the Sule Pagoda

Gold details of the entrance portal of the Sule Pagoda

One the way back, my wife noticed this building. I love the lights, the colors, the symmetry.

Colorful building in Yangoon.

Colorful building in Yangoon.

The top image was taken the very last night of our trip.  The Pagoda was too close from our hotel for not going and try to capture the Moon within the frame. I knew that the Moon would be on the edge of the image but it was worth trying. After some difficulties talking the building’s guard into letting us go on the top floor and the Moon being very slow at getting up, I was finally able to get a shot of the Moon in the frame.