Photo of the Day 9 December 2008

Gold Smelting, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma), 1984
Photograph by James L. Stanfield
A goldsmith smelts bars of donated gold for use in the famed Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma). The 2,500-year-old shrine is said to house several strands of the Buddha's hair, among other sacred relics.