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Is there a more stunning monument to religion in Southeast Asia? We don’t think so. In fact, the
sheer size and mystical aura of Yangon’s gilded masterpiece may even cause you to question
your inner atheist. But it’s not all about quiet contemplation: Shwedagon Paya (p 43 ) is equal parts
religious pilgrimage and amusement park, and your visit may coincide with a noisy ordination
ceremony or fantastic fortune-telling session. If you’re looking for one reason to linger in Yangon
(Rangoon) before heading upcountry, this is it.