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 Edition.
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  • It is located in Botahtaung township of Yangon. Car-parking is available. Many tourists from Thailand also visit there. Its not very good for photo scene. Its one of the famous pagoda in Yangon.  more »
  • Didn't know what to expect until we went inside the pagoda. Gold-foiled plated walls, with rare and precious contributions from people on display. The interior is air-conditioned and thus not warm.....  more »
  • The place is very near to Yangon river front. A bit crowded. But good to see many people nearby. A special flower is available nearby the Pagoda.  more »
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  • The Botataung pagoda is 20 minutes walking distance from Strand hotel. It is on the shore of the Yangon River. The place is clean and safe. There was a nice breeze coming from the river. The interior is golden as the walls are covered with gold leaf.
  • Beautiful pagoda next to the Yangon river. It is said to have been constructed to house Buddha's hair relic when it first arrived in Myanmar. This is also the only pagoda with a hollow interior. Hence it can be entered to appreciated the beautiful golden carvings inside.
  • One of the famous pagoda in Yangon. But need more cleaning and not want there to stay other religious. I think that can make that pagoda pale and dull.
  • Nice place. Worth to visit but rmb to wear long pants ya for respect. Spend some time visiting each temple and buddha tooth relics.
  • My second time there. Quite unfortunate various parts under renovation December 2018. At least few more months before completion. Relic chamber under renovation. Was able to do a complete loop 4 years ago. Currently just in and out - 5meters at Best. Pagoda covered with mats and scaffolding.

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