A glistening spectacle of gold, the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is a truly magnificent sacred site that is a definite must visit. Steeped in history, this Buddhist pagoda offers a unique insight into Myanmar’s rich heritage.
The origin of this pagoda dates back over 2,500 years and is the oldest of its kind in the country. There is historical evidence that seems to suggest that it was constructed sometime between the 6th and 10th centuries by the Mon people. It is believed that relics of four previous Buddha’s are enshrined here giving it great significance to devotees.
Location & Attire
Located on Singuttara Hill, Shwedagon Pagoda can be found near the downtown area of the city, around a 15 minute walk from Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon. Since this is a religious site, do dress conservatively and wear attire that covers bare legs and shoulders.
Exploring the Complex
As you plan a visit from your hotel in Yangon, remember there are actually four entrances, each with mythological lions guarding them. You will find depictions of stories from the previous lives of the Buddha on the walls near the entrance. Of course, the 99 metre pagoda with its gold plates and spire with diamonds will certainly be one of the most arresting sights you will come across.
There are many other noteworthy attractions here too; these include the Naungdawgyi Pagoda, an eight metre long reclining Buddha at one of the site’s prayer halls, the Bell Pavilion and the Arakanese Prayer Pavilion.
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