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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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  • Woow... Wow!! Full of gold with grand Pagoda. Many people are visiting even raining around Yangon. Worth to visit Yangon. Amazing Burmese people.  more »
  • It's truly an adventure and you'll spend here easily a few hours. Of course it's best on a bright day; in monsoon season you need a bit of luck (we were fine in July.. ;-)  more »
  • We returned after 22 years in Yangon and the Shwedagon Pagoda, which was legendary in our memories, there appeared a splendor! It has a special charm all day and when it is dark and gold stupas reflects light. It is interesting to sit to watch the people passing, contemplate, pray. We came back three times in a few days, magnificent!
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  • Quite a spectacular complex of 328-ft tall golden pagoda surrounded by smaller pagodas, shrines with Buddha images, pilgrims at prayers etc. Best time to vist: in the early morning and late afternoon after 4 pm. The outdoor platforms with tiles are hot during the day. They can be very slippery too when wet as you will be in bare foot there. Be super careful! Words and pictures cannot express the great spiritual ambience and the grandeur of this unique living religious site.
  • I don't even know know where to start working this place, it's absolutely beautiful and in avid use by local and traveling buddists alike. An absolute must if in Yangon, even if it's all you can squeeze in. The only downside in my opinion is the locals appear to be spending long periods of their day in individual temples here. Not bad in itself but with them they bring their food in containers. Some clean up after themselves, others do not.
  • The Shwedagon Pagoda (full bodied gold) is the biggest pagoda in the whole world and was built last 2600 years ago. The atmosphere of Pagoda can make anyone peaceful and calm who takes a visit or comes to pay a homage. Every five year the gold plates of the whole pagoda are refurbished. Best timing to visit here is in the morning before 10 am and in the afternoon before sunset around 4 pm when the temperature will not disturb the peaceful of mind, and good for taking pictures as well. The Pagoda can be seen from most of the parts of Yangon. This is the MUST visit place when you are in Yangon.
  • Famous for everyone in Yangon. Absolutely peaceful atmosphere there. Open early morning till 10pm. No shoes allowed. Cover yourself properly. No shorts/ exposed dress. If you spend long time in Yangon, check out also in the evening, it's much cooler. Enter from West Gate to have best of luck. Heard people praying for babies often go to Thursday corner with statue of Budda carrying baby, donate flowers, pray.
  • A beautiful pagoda, glittering with literally tons of gold. We visited in February and the weather was pleasant. Hot, but not too. We hired a tour guide at the ticket counter. He was very knowledgeable about the pagoda, and we felt that the $10 USD price was well worth it. Consider staying at the Hotel Lavender nearby for great views of the Shwedagon from your bedroom window.

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