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One one of the last days in Myanmar, we decided to take some time off and visit one of the very few tourist attractions in this once vibrant South East Asian City, the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
an alternate childhood

There is a US $5 entrance fee for foreigners, but interestingly, the local currency is not accepted. There was no guide books or brochures given, all you get is a place to place your shoes (no shoes allowed in the pagoda) and a sticker to indicate you are a paid “customer”.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
the main pagoda

The main pagoda is 98 meters high, and is at least over 1,000 years old, with some believe that it was actually built before the death of Lord Buddha, some 25 centuries ago. There are multiple structures and probably hundreds of statues, some with gold plating.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
gold plated Buddha statues

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
roof of the gallery from main road

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
the Singu Min Bell

The pagoda was filled with quite a lot of pilgrims and visitors alike, with many monks as well.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
monks and pilgrims

It was a gloomy and rainy afternoon that makes for a very miserable condition for photography. The fact that I only had the camera for a few days didn’t help the matter either. The photos you see here do not give justice to the magnificent structure that is Shwedagon Pagoda, a place really worth visiting.

Discuss : KY travels – Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

  1. there is also a VERY LARGE diamond at the top of the pagoda.

  2. vad3r,

    why didn’t you tell me? i could have asked the chopper pilot to give me a ride…

  3. At least they’ve given those kids some pet rocks to play with.

    $5 entrance fee covers the cost of the stickers!

  4. Uno, I don’t see the diamond, vader.

    Due, which camera?

    Tre, how many hours did you spend there?

    Quattro, will you do some Myanmar geographical lesson some day?

    Cinque, $5 for entrance, translate into 35RM. That’s 3 trip to Petrosains. But it’s about the same price for entry to museums in Sweden.

  5. EF,

    I used a 400d and spent about 2 hours at the pagoda. Myanmar geographical lesson is out of the question, we had a driver. :D

    Anyway, $5 is equal to only about RM 18. I don’t know how you get to RM35. US$ is not Pounds.

  6. The tremendous amount of precious stones and other jewellery in the Pagoda is astonishing. The amount of pure gold alone is 9 tonnes!! The mother of all stone is the 76 carat diamond located at The Diamond Bud on top of the Pagoda ;)

    You can see the glitters of the diamond (at night of course) at certain spots, different colours some more!!

  7. Another temptation for me… oh when, when, when will I ever go to Myanmar?… Not in the next 2 years…

  8. Ayoyoyoy, I have made conversion for SEK instead of RM. My mind is eluding me.

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