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Bumper year for Shwedagon Pagoda

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Myanmar's most prestigious Buddhist pagoda being re-gilded with a fresh layer of gold; 16,000 gold plates donated by devotees will enable more of the structure to be gilded.
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Myanmar's most prestigious Buddhist pagoda being re-gilded with a fresh layer of gold; 16,000 gold plates donated by devotees will enable more of the structure to be gilded.

Yangon

AS he smooths a gold plaque on the glistening flank of Myanmar's most prestigious Buddhist pagoda, a merchant pays his ancestors the highest honour - and contributes to a bumper year of donations to re-gild the sacred site.

The Shwedagon Pagoda, which rises in a stately