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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  • Very beautiful pagoda, inside all the walls are covered with gold-patterns, bas-reliefs. Here are stored the hair of the Buddha. Enjoyed. Entrance fee.
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  • Another wonderful pagoda in Yangon, for if you do are in the area; This together with the Sule pagoda is also worth a visit.
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  • Botahtaung Pagoda is related to Shwedagon in that it enshrines three of Buddha's hair relics brought back by the travelling brothers. Unfortunately, Botahtaung Pagoda is being refurbished so we couldn...  more »
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  • One of the most famous historic pagoda in Myanmar with great ancient architecture can be seen. Shine in day and bright in night as different nice views. A good place to develop concentration, esp in early morning and at night, basing on pure morality. This is also a nice place to focus on the recollection of The Buddha such as total free from defilements and teaching pupils to free from defilements, to get powerful concentration. After homage to The Buddha, we can do walking exercise near the pagoda along the river bank.
  • Actually, this pagoda is re-build and original ancient pagoda is damaged by boom when word war II. Historic ancient pagoda and it is build same year as Great Shwe Dagon Pagoda. New river side with quiet place is good for meditation. Also have most famous Buddha Image which is come back from Great Britain.
  • Interesting temple. 6000kyat pp. You can see in the influence from Indian buddisum. Funny to see the attractions for donations. Unfortunately the turtle ponds were grotty and being cleaned out while we were here.
  • Botahtaung pagoda is one of the symbolic pagoda to visit. Crowded with locals and foreigners especially Thai people. Many Thai are visiting the Bo Bo Gyi’s shrine for good luck. Entrance fee 6000 kyats per pax. Ladies has to cover up their legs with pants or cloth.
  • The Botataung Pagoda is a famous pagoda located in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, near the Yangon river.

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