Global Vipassana Pagoda

The Global Vipassana Pagoda, found north of Mumbai in India, is a copy of the Shwedagon Pagoda visited by Google Sightseeing a couple of years ago, though somewhat more restrained with regards to the ‘bling’ factor. The reduced attention to bling means that only the spire is coated in gold leaf and topped by a large crystal; the rest of the interlocking-stone dome will merely be painted in a gold colour. Created as a place for up to 8,000 Buddhists to gather and meditate, the Pagoda claims a couple of records: the world’s largest stone dome built without…

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