Burmese history is a rocky affair. From political instability to the earthquakes that shake the country’s foundation, many of its temples have been rebuilt over the tremulous years.
Bago, a city a few hour drive or train ride south from the Burmese capital of Yangon (Rangoon), is choked full of golden temples including the 375-foot Shwemawdaw Paya, Burma’s tallest.
The Shwemawdaw Paya was originally built in the tenth century by two merchant brothers and over the years has been rebuilt many times.
Earthquakes destroyed the temple twice in the last 100 years but never put a dent in people’s faith.