Botahtaung Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon)

Some 2,500 years ago, the Mon people built Botahtaung Pagoda to shelter a sacred strand of hair from the Gautama Buddha within its empty interior. After World War II, the site underwent complete reconstruction, preserving the hollow center for protection of ancient relics and artifacts, plus a golden spire rising up 40 m (123 ft). As you enter the holy site through a maze-like walkway, inspect the pagoda-shaped stone casket, which serves as a treasure vault and a chamber of relics. Inside you can find terracotta plaques, ornaments, jewels, and Buddha images made of stone, brass, gold, and silver. Several locals begging for money may hover at the entrance; you can call the pagoda's staff if things get a little awkward. Botahtaung Pagoda is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Yangon (Rangoon) Edition.
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  • The ticket price is 6000 k pp including wipe, bottle of water and a map and located near the Yangon River. It's over 40mt, you enter barefoot. Inside, the hallway with walls engraved on Golden plates. Is dedicated to the thousands of soldiers that more than 2000 years ago escorted eight hair of Buddha from India to Burma, but now here, in a tiny gold cylinder, there is only one.
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  • Its architecture is different some Burmese classical temples and pagodas. Is however still a beautiful pagoda and beautifully preserved
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  • Behind this great Pagoda is the Botahtaung Harbour and Botahtaung Jetty. Few foreign visitors knows about the 'Storm of Seagulls' here. A causal walk from the Pagoda, visitors would be charm by thousa...  more »
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  • Amazing, even though this place was under renovation while I visited but I feel that how important of this pagoda to Myanmar people. Have a lot of people came here for praying and pay the respect to the Buddha ‘s hair that keep inside the pagoda. You allowed to came inside the pagoda too, the wall made from gold plate . You’ll see people praying here because this place make you feel closely to the Buddha . Outside the Pagoda have Golden Buddha statue in the Main hall on the right , this statue used to be in the Mandalay Palace . And in the small hall on the left is Nat Bo Bo Gyi ( the guardian spirit) that I saw people come for praying for a wish they believe that the spirit will make a wish come true.
  • The stupa was getting a new coating of gold, so was wrapped in ... something. That made it all look a little less spectacular. But you could still go inside and see the golden walls and all. That was a nice experience, since not a lot of these stupas are open for visitors. There are many other temples and shrines on the compound, so you can easily fill some time wandering around there. After sunset all the gold gets lit up and shiny, which makes for some nice pics
  • The famous place for Myanmar and Thai people. Where Thai people really like to visit and praying to make a wish. Some staffs can speak Thai.
  • The one of the famous pagoda in Yangon. Go and visit and meet the new experiences of indoor outdoor buddha treasure.
  • Not as polished as Shwedagon but a more authentic local experience. Chaotic, noisy and dirty. The walk through the labyrinth inside the pagoda is not to be missed. The hall of mirrors to the north of the pagoda is worth seeing also. Spend some time soaking up the atmosphere outside the temple also.
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