Shwedagon Twilight

Buddhist shrines were once lit by candlelight, but in the wake of several fires, most have switched to electric lighting when available. A well-heeled shrine sports nearly as much neon as the Vegas strip. Shwedagon Pagoda (Myanmar’s best known shrine) is no exception, so the famous gold-leafed stupa rises above a flashing neon sea of enshrined statues and relics.