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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

 
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Distance from city center: 1.6mi
zangazanga's pictureby zangazanga History & Culture travel tip
added on the 4th of December, 2009
According to the legend, the pagoda is 2500 years old. But archaeologists say the it was built btw. the 6th and 10th century AD. Whatever the truth is, the Pagoda is wonderful.

There are four entrances, the Southern one is guarded by two huge chinthes, lion-dragon creatures from the legends. You will have to take off your shoes and socks as well before you would climb the stairs that lead up to the top.

On both sides of the stairs there are stands selling flowers, incense, Buddha images and other things. The great stupa is at the center of the platform on the top. There are many other, beautifully colored stupas, but this one is the biggest and it's all covered with gold, on the upper parts there are diamonds as well.

Although busy, somehow it is still very calm and quite. And very beautiful!

Address:
Shwe Dagon, Yangon, Myanmar

Price:
Only $5.

Opening Hours:
Every day from 5am to 10pm.

 
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