A living spectacle: The popular landmarks of Asia
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice® awards for Landmarks. Winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for landmarks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period. TripAdvisor also conducts highly-rated tours to these award winning landmarks. Here’s a look at the Top 10 Travellers’ Choice landmarks of Asia.
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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
The 99 metre high Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, believed to contain relics of the four previous Buddhas of the present aeon. Built by the Mon around the sixth century, the Pagoda has faced occupation and destruction from many wars, invasions and protests. The gold-plated, diamond-studded Pagoda is staggering in its estimated value. Myanmar’s devout middle class pay their ancestors the highest honour, with generous donations to gild it in gold leaf & plates. Gold itself has long had a crucial role in the country, becoming integral as the junta's socialist policies ruined the economy after Independence, leaving the population suspicious of government banks.