Offerings at Botataung Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar 21 May 2017
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A young vendor prepares baskets of offerings for sale outside Yangon's Botataung Pagoda, one of the city's most important religious sites. It is said that when eight Indian monks carried relics of the Buddha here more than 2,000 years ago, 1,000 military officers formed a guard of honour at the place where the rebuilt pagoda stands today. The original structure was destroyed by an Allied bomb in during World War II 1943. During the clean-up work, a golden casket in the shape of a stupa was found to contain a hair and two other relics of the Buddha. Visit Yangon on Insight Guides' The Best of Myanmar trip.