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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  • it was interesting, but for us not a must see, a long line to head into a mirrored room with golden reliefs, then you come to a tower with a small silver box, inside are the hairs (i guess). you canno...  more »
  • I had to go to the Bow Tatung ferry terminal, but I stopped by a little because it was near. It is very difficult to walk from the center of downtown, so it is better to move a bus or taxi. The big Golden Pagoda seemed to be repaired and was disappointing. In addition, because there were a lot of one that resembled the crest of the chrysanthemum of the Japan, the sense of intimacy was made a feeling. If you have time, I think you can visit a little outing.
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  • Surely this is one of the most beautiful pagodas of Yangon, but not the largest. It is located close to the Chinatown, the Bogyoke Aung market, the Sule Pagoda and the ferry terminal that crosses to Dala, so you can take advantage of it to make a tour of the area and visit several things of interest. Above all I was impressed by the coatings and gilded motifs of the interior of their temples.
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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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