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Botahtaung Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon)

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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. Arrange your visit to Botahtaung Pagoda and discover more family-friendly attractions in Yangon (Rangoon) using our Yangon (Rangoon) itinerary builder.
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  • This is a lovely Pagoda, which contains relic of the Buddha's hair. The inside of the Pagoda is comepletely gold plated. Everything about the Pagoda is fine except the high entrance fees of 6 USD. 
  • Botahtaung Pagoda is located close to the centre of town and many of the major tourist hotels hence it is a popular attraction for the tourist. For the devotee it is essential due to the sacred relics...  read more »
  • If you have visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, you don't waste your time here. Of course a nice to see if you have time but it is a bit expensive for foreigners (compare with the other places) and I guess it...  read more »
  • I enjoyed walking barefoot to the different parts of this pagoda. The inside of the main stupa is greatly amazing. The side-building on the right after entering the complex is beautiful with mirror-mosaic. The other parts were a bit shaggy, which looks good on the Nat gods but rather sad on the turtle pool.
  • Not sure why anyone would want to come here after Shwedagon. Better to spend more time at Shwedagon
  • Pagodas are favorite places of Myanmar People. As for foreigner there would be entrance fee per person. Since the pagoda land is covered by tile, it is a great idea to visit at cool time of the day I mean like morning and evening.
  • I had the most "what am I even doing" experience of my Myanmar trip here, as we were very clearly the only westerners present and nothing seemed to cater to visitors. The locals were very excited to see us in their midst and helped explain the pagoda a bit, but as a tourist attraction it's much less accessible than Shwedagon.
  • Nice pagoda to visit while in Yangon. Easy to walk to from other sights closer to the city. While here make sure to pay a visit down to the ferry wharf.
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