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Botahtaung Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon)

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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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  • We walked to this pagoda from our hotel because we wanted to see where Buddha's Tooth was kept. Foreigners have their own entrance and are charged 6000 kyats per person to enter. The contrast between ...  more »
  • Everything is golden inside. Powerful aircon. Small area but interesting. Buddha's strand of hair. We can't see it but we saw a chunk of wig hair inside the locked up area on the floor, I think it sho...  more »
  • I must admit that pay 8000 kyats simply to enter this pagoda us has put off, but we were nevertheless able to outside around the building without paying through the free-access entry below. Beautiful pagoda but nothing memorable.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Not sure why anyone would want to come here after Shwedagon. Better to spend more time at Shwedagon
  • If you're in Yangon, give it a visit.
  • 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.