From One Golden Temple To Another

by Brenna Holeman
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

I am currently in Amritsar, India, home to the sacred Golden Temple. Of course, I am reminded of another golden temple I saw just two months ago: the Shwedagon Paya of Yangon. I remember walking up to the temple, unprepared for what I was about to see; photos do not do this wonder justice. My jaw dropped.

I ended up spending the better part of an afternoon as well as an evening there, just basking in the glow of gold, watching the people walk by, watching the changing sky reflect in the temple so that it shone yellow and then orange and even pink. We couldn’t get enough of it. Even now the thought of that day and the moment I first set eyes on the temple’s brilliance brings a smile to my face.

I have only two days left in India before flying to Nepal on Friday. I am happy to spend these last days with a little bit of gold.

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Christine March 23, 2011 - 8:04 pm

Wow, what an amazing sight! I sometimes forget to slow down when I’m travelling. I guess I feel overwhelmed and I want to see everything but this post will remind me to slow down for my next trip.

Oneika March 24, 2011 - 1:10 am

So so so awesome!
Will you be anywhere in the vicinity of Toronto this summer? I would love to meet up with you for a coffee so we could talk travel!

Excited for your Nepal trip. I loved it when I went a year and a half ago. Will you be doing any trails? I did the Annapurna trail and it was amazing.

Naomi March 24, 2011 - 1:19 pm

If you ever make it to Taiwan, I highly, highly recommend visiting Lugang….there are two fairly large temples there, both of which utterly stopped my in my tracks. Taiwanese temples are not covered in gold, but they are unbelievably ornate.

also you are making me soooo eager to go to India!!

This Battered Suitcase March 25, 2011 - 4:04 pm

Christine – Thanks for your comment! Yes, I always try to slow down and just appreciate it all, even if it means that I don’t do as much as I’d like in each particular place!

Oneika – I will be in Toronto near the end of August, I think…it would be great to meet up! Oh and I am indeed hiking, but only a bit; not only do I not have the sufficient time to do a long hike, I don’t have the sufficient athletic ability, haha.

Naomi – I’d really like to go to Taiwan! I’m sure I’ll get there one day. Oh, and…you would loooooooove India. I just know it.

Oneika March 26, 2011 - 4:27 pm

That would be fantastic if we could meet! You are super inspiring- I always love bouncing ideas off of fun, fearless, travelling females like ourselves!!


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