Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda. Thettoe/Wikimedia Commons. Used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


“On the murky morning when I first saw it, Shwedagon pointed like a tongue of fire into the sky. At noon on a clear day it was peaceful and sublime. On a moonlight night it had a mystic cast. The Shwedagon can be seen from from any point of the compass. Its moods are the moods of man and yet its dignity, its plain beauty, its purity make it the symbol of the noblest things for which man has strived. I have seen sunsets and storms, glaciers and peaks, flowers and faces that have moved me more. But of all the things that man has created by his hands, the Shwedagon is the loveliest I have known. It made my heart leap when I first saw it; and its beauty keeps coming back to me no matter how distant I am.”


Douglas, William O. North from Malaya: Adventure on Five Fronts. Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday, 1953.

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