Yangon

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Sule Pagoda marks the center of Yangon.  Forming an island of calm in the center of the city's busiest intersection.  I managed to find a quiet moment devoid of ancient local buses and cars, new tourist buses, taxis, bicycles and trishaws, to take this photo. 

Four Buddha images surround a tree at the entrance to the pagoda.    There is no fee to enter but donations are welcome.

Sule is thought to have been founded by Indian missionaries sometime after 230BC.  The name Sule came much later and is linked to the Sule Nat, guardian of Singuttara Hill.

Nobody knows when the current structure was built but it is thought to be Mon from the middle of the last century.

 

Sule is unusual in that it's octagonal shape continues from the base right up to the bell.  

The eight points around the base  represent the eight points of the compass  and their associated signs, planet and day of the week.  As there are only seven days in a week to worship and eight points, Wednesday is divided into morning and afternoon planetary posts.

As always stroll around a pagoda to the left - the direction the sun travels across the sky  

As this was a Saturday, this girl is worshiping at the Saturn planetary post under the sign of the naga.
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