Thursday, December 29, 2011

Myanmar Trip : Day 3 Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon Pagoda
Is shopping time! Today, we were dropped off at the Scott's Market for our souvenir shopping spree. From T-shirts, ladies bags and accessories to precious stones, you will be spoilt for choices. Later the evening, we visited the most famous pagoda in Myanmar, the Shwedagon.

Read more on our day at Scott's Market and the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Reluctantly, we woke up at 5am and feeling a little pissed to have my sweet dream disturbed. We were due to catch an early flight back to Yangon this morning. While I make my way to the breakfast hall in half consciousness, many of our group members decided that breakfast is overrated and didn't show up.

Once we reach Yangon, we women got the opportunity to indulge in a shopping spree at the famous Scott's Market. This is the place to grab as many souvenir as possible and use up all your space cash. Where else you can spend your money anyway. Apart from countless of shop selling stones, pearls and more stones, there are T-shirts and handbags for the chic in us. We bought 3 T-shirts, a pair of pearl earring, a pair of jade earrings and etc etc.

Have I mentioned that dear Mr. B was experiencing food poisoning as this time? Poor him had to endure the stomach discomfort the entire day, therefore he was definitely not in the mood for much shopping. So when we spotted a stall selling bubble tea, I did my best to stop him from sampling it.

Street outside Scott's Market
Once we done buying souvenirs for our family, we make a quite move back into the bus to enjoy the air-conditioned. One by one, our group members made their way back and proudly showed their haul. We were pleased that we had contributed much to help the economy in Myanmar.

The final pagoda that we visit was the Shwedagon Pagoda. It is so massive and the gold sparkling manage to blind me. If you doesn't want to use up your time visiting each and every pagoda in Myanmar, you can skip them all and just visit The Shwedagon Pagoda. This is the highlight of the trip and should not be miss. We spent our evening there and manage to experience how the pagoda looks during both day and night. Is totally breathtaking. Here we can see many professional photographer with their gigantic gadget trying to get the best picture here in the huge crowd. Is a weekday, but I had no idea where does all the local crowd came from.
Day scene @ Shwedagon Pagoda
Night scene @ Shwedagon Pagoda