A total of four stairways that face the four cardinal points lead into Shwedagon Pagoda, which is surrounded by 72 small temples. Having undergone a traumatic past with unforeseen earthquakes and British colonial rule, it remains a highly revered religious monument in Myanmar. Taking lodgings in a hotel in Yangon, for example, in Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon, will allow you to leisurely explore the majesty of this iconic monument.
Visitors enter the legendary site of Shwedagon Pagoda through its southern entrance, which has its own temple, just like the other three stairways. The architecture of this temple, based on religious symbolism, which is of great importance for the locals.
The 60,000 square meters high terrace which holds the central stupa, surrounded by many small stupas. The spectacular construction looks as if it is engulfed in a haze of gold due to its golden exterior. Its glare caused by the sunlight can dazzle the onlooker.
Myths and Legends
Many legends surround the various décor of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Apparently, the Mon Queen Shin-Saw-Bu has donated 45 kilograms of gold, which was equal to her body weight. It was used to decorate the entire pagoda. Her successor has donated four times more gold and gone a further step to start a tradition of making generous gifts as well.
The Religious Significance
Many Buddhists meditate under the direct glare of the sun, for hours at a time. It exemplifies the importance of the Shwedagon Pagoda to them. At present, the temple contains a significant number of Buddha images.