Steeped in history, the Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most famous attractions in Yangon and offers insights into a rich local heritage and some spectacular photos for your Insta stories too!
Planning Your Visit
The Shwedagon Pagoda is in heart of the city as part of a complex that spans over 100 acres. Around a 10-minute drive from Pan Pacific Yangon, this attraction is generally open from 04:00am till 10:00pm, while sunrise and sunset are the best times to visit for some amazing photos. Do remember to dress conservatively since it’s a religious site.
This historic pagoda is a key site for Buddhist devotees since it enshrines strands of hair from Gautama Buddha as well as sacred relics from three other previous Buddhas. Those planning a visit here from their Yangon hotel during Buddhist holidays including Tazaungdaing and Thingyan can enjoy a rich cultural experience.
The Shwedagon Pagoda is said to be about 2,500 years old and is a glimmering spectacle made up of plates of gold that dazzle in the sun. Aptly known as the “Golden Pagoda”, it towers to a height of around 105 metres and adding to its beauty, is the top of the stupa that features more than 4,500 diamonds!
More to Explore
Within this vast complex, there’s much more to see as well; these include captivating stupas, sacred temples and fascinating statues that add to the site’s charm. A great way to soak up the atmosphere is to head to one of the prayer pavilions where you can witness devotees engaged in prayer.