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Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

The top must-see attraction in Yangon, Shwedagon is one of the most sacred Buddhism pilgrimage site in the country
Gleaming, golden, and jewel encrusted, the magnificent and dazzling Shwedagon Pagoda is often high on the list of things to see when visiting the large and lively Burmese city of Yangon.  It is also one of the most important sites for Burmese Buddhists, and it attracts a large number of religious pilgrims all throughout the year. 

shwedagon pagoda

Unique Architecture

Towering high, the pagoda started life at a mere 8.2 metres and over the years it has grown to its magnificent stature of today – it is now almost a whopping 110 metres tall.  It sits near to the Royal Lake.
The gold covered pagoda shimmers and shines enticingly in the sunlight, with the sun’s rays bouncing off the gold plating.  Many jewels and gems also add to the brilliant affect – the pagoda has over 4,500 diamonds, with the biggest one sitting on top of the pagoda.  There are also other precious and semi-precious stones, such as rubies and quartz. 

The biggest Buddhist Pilgrimage Site in Yangon

The temple complex itself is also impressive, with many smaller stupas, a selection of shrines, both large and small, statues, art work, and more.  Females cannot worship at the main shrine, and they are prohibited from entering this area.  The temple really does embody the best of Burmese architecture, art, religion, and culture. 
On a typical visit you will see many monks and nuns wandering around and performing various religious rituals – praying, chanting, meditating, lighting incense, laying flowers, and washing the Buddha images. 
It is said that eight hairs of the most recent Buddha are housed within the pagoda, and that several miraculous events have taken place at the site.

Visiting Guide

There are four entrances to the complex, three of which have several sellers with flowers and other religious offerings.  If you are looking for a completely spiritual experience, the east entrance is the best as you will pass by small monasteries.  Remember to walk around the pagoda, as well as the complex in general, in a clockwise direction.
Visitors must remove both their shoes and socks to enter the temple.  As the floor tiles can get very hot in the blazing sun it is better to visit early in the morning.  Even in the evenings the tiles can still feel pretty warm under bare feet.  Visitors should also make sure that they are dressed respectfully in order to be able to go inside.  This means shoulders covered and no short clothing.  Trousers are preferred, and sleeves should come at least as far as the elbow.    
There is an entrance fee, and there are also many donation boxes around the complex in aid of various things.  
The Shwedagon Pagoda is open between 4am and 10pm most days although on special religious days it is open for 24 hours. 


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