The Shway Dagn
is the first object upon which the eyes of the world-traveller rest as he approaches Rangoon, and it is the last of the city he looks upon when his steamer is bearing him away ; and the memory of it never fades from the eyes of one who has once looked upon it.
It is covered with pure gold from base to summit ; and once in aevery generation this gold is completely renewed by public subscription. Yet throughout the interval the process of regilding goes on perpetually. Pious people who seek in this way to express their veneration and to add to their store of spiritual merit, climb up daily with little fluttering packets of gold leaf, which they fasten on some fraction of its great surface ; and there is no more picturesque sight offered by it than that of a group of these silken worshippers outlined high against its gold, in the act of contributing
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