Yangon: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday arrived at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, one of the most revered sites in Myanmar, on the second day of his two-day visit to the country.
The prime minister signed the guest book at the Shwedagon Pagoda. With a gold-plated, 99-meter tall (325 feet) spire encrusted with diamonds and rubies, the pagoda towers over Yangon and is the spiritual center of the Burmese Buddhism.
The PM will next visit the Kalibari Temple, where the security has been beefed up.
Yangon served as the capital of Myanmar until 2006, when the military government relocated the capital to the purpose-built city of Nay Pyi Daw in central Myanmar.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Modi visited the famous Ananda Temple in Myanmar’s ancient city, Bagan, which was damaged in a tremor in 2016 and is being renovated with India’s assistance.
The Archaeological Survey of India has carried out structural conservation and chemical preservation work of this temple.
The restoration work is being carried out after the damage due to an earthquake last year.
The temple, one of the surviving masterpieces of the Mon architecture, is believed to have been built around 1105 by King Kyanzittha, one of the greatest Burmese monarchs.