English Essay

Topics: Yangon, Burma, Shwedagon Pagoda Pages: 3 (936 words) Published: December 10, 2012
Wai Kaung
Professor Fasano
EWRT 211
31 October 2012
The Golden Land
Burma isn’t just a place where I was born; it is much more that. It’s where my culture sank into my blood, for I can never disinherit this place. Located in the Southeast Asia, Burma is rich in cultures and natural attractions. The tropical climate and the warm feelings of Burma are unforgettable. Burma is known for its magnificent landscapes, mouthwatering multicultural food, and hospitable people. I adore this country because it is my birthplace where my ancestors resided, and it is my duty to hold on to the beauty of my culture and my heritage.

Burma is rich in its cultures and natural attractions. The famous golden pagoda located in the capital city Yangon is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese. The pagoda is made out of pure gold plates and goes up to 20 stories high with the base as wide as a basketball stadium. The Great Dagon Pagoda has existed for more than 2,600 years, making it the oldest historical pagoda in Burma and the world. The reason why the pagoda is well known is because of its power to withstand any disasters. In 1988, there was a major earthquake in Yangon, which destroyed almost the whole city but this pagoda was untouched. In 2008, hurricane Nargis hit Burma unexpectedly and again destroyed most of the city. Although, there were a lot of casualties, we’ve found out that the pagoda was unharmed and also the people who were around the pagoda. Sometimes the ShweDagon Pagoda, shwe meaning golden, glitters glaring gold in the heat of the day, and as the sun rolls over the pagoda, it becomes a largest sundial and casts over the small Buddha statues, giant bells and decorated pavilions. People walk around the pagoda clock wise, paying respects to the small Buddha statues placed on the each day of the week. People water the statues to pay respect to Buddha and for good luck by watering the small statues on the day of your birth.

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