According to historical records, Schwedagon Pagoda has existed for around 2,500 years, although some archeologists are now saying it was built by the Mon people between the 6th and 10th centuries CE.
Regardless of the age, this pagoda is an astonishing feat of beauty in architectural design.
A long history of political turmoil and natural disasters have made their mark on the temple over time. Beginning in 1436 CE a series of repairs were made after a period of political violence. A series of earthquakes during the following centuries eventually caused the top of the stupa to come down in 1768. Afterwards the King of the Konbaung Dynasty raised the temple to its current state. Today it stands 112m (368ft) high at its tip, and has a very interesting design.
The structure of the pagoda has many symbolic characteristics incorporated in its design.
The structure is continuously plastered with gold leaflets to maintain its amazing appearance. 2012 was an important year for the pagoda because it was the first time the Schwedagon Pagoda Festival was allowed to be celebrated since the military junta banned it in 1988. This, the largest pagoda festival in Myanmar, was celebrated in February and March this past year.