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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon)

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Journey to Shwedagon Pagoda along with faithful Buddhist practitioners, who visit to honor the relics of previous Buddhas. This golden stupa, or pagoda, ranks among the holiest religious sites in Myanmar. Tradition dictates that it has stood for over 2,600 years, although historians approximate that the Mon people constructed it between the 6th and 10th centuries. In its current state, after countless renovations and reconstructions, diamonds and other precious stones encrust its steeple; see if you can spot the legendary 76-carat diamond at the tip from the ground below. Plan to see Shwedagon Pagoda and other attractions that appeal to you using our Yangon (Rangoon) holiday planner.
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  • It is a fascinating place. Besides all the gold it is a people place and many locals spend time there. Of course you can't wear shoes and it takes a while to walk right around. 
  • We had a brilliant time at Shwedagon, we went at sunrise when the temple is quiet and the rising sun casts a beautiful light on the golden stupa. Saturday morning gets busy with worshippers, but is al...  more »
  • everyone visiting Yangon must spend some time at Shwedagon. a short while or the entire day ...whichever you like. people watching is supreme. make sure, like at all temples/pagodas, that you observe ...  more »
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  • There is really no way to accurately capture the grandeur and scale of the place with words or photos. It is a must-see attraction that rivals or beats just about anything else in SE Asia. Best to drop by in the late afternoon, so you can enjoy the contrast as the sun sets and the lights come on. If you only visit during the daytime, you are really missing out.
  • Beautiful place and lovely atmosphere. Just be aware of people trying to 'sell' you on tours. GO and enjoy it yourself without shelling out money.
  • A world renowned pagoda. Non Burmese are not allowed inside the pagoda But there is a lot to see around it. It is a fascinating complex. You could spend hours hanging out. There is an amazing silence that envelopes the entire complex. There may be hundreds of people around. But not a word. In comparison to a Hindu temple which could be cacophonous.
  • Schwedagon Pagoda is the heart of Yangon. You need to visit this place if you're in Yangon. Good things about Schwedagon Pagoda: 1. It was sooo beautiful. The whole place is covered with Gold! 2. You'll get to understand their religion (Buddhism) 3. People are so friendly. Tips about Schwedagon Pagoda: 1. I know it's a must but I was not expecting that you need to pay that much. Basically you need to pay 8,000 kyat ($6-$8 USD) to enter. 2. Guys and Gals, please do not wear shorts and singlets. They will not allow you to enter unless you will rent a "sarong" from them to cover your skin. Show some respect. Rental fees 3,000 kyat per sarong ($2-$3 USD). 3. There's a lot of photographers and will charge you base on your appearance (lol).
  • No visit to the Union of Myanmar is complete without a visit to the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda, which enshrines strands of Buddha's hair and other holy relics. Located west of the Royal Lake on 114 -acre Singuttara Hill in Yangon, Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site for the people of the Union of Myanmar. From a humble beginning of 8.2 meters, the Shwedagon Pagoda today stands close to 110 meters. Shwedagon Pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds; the largest of which is a 72 carat diamond. It is clearly one of the wonders of the religious world. Shwedagon Pagoda is a repository of the best in Myanmar heritage – architecture, sculpture and arts. The Shwedagon Pagoda consists hundreds colorful temples, stupas, and statues that reflects the architectural era spanning almost a 2,500 years. To understand this monumental work of art and architecture, visitors will experience an insider's view of this magnificent symbol of Buddhism to the lives of the Myanmar people. Shwedagon Pagoda forms the focus of religious as well as community activities – the bustling of devotees and monks washing the statues, offering flowers, worshiping, and meditating. Shwedagon Pagoda is administered by the Board of Trustees of Shwedagon Pagoda.