Shwedagon (Myanmar) – The Golden Pagoda
Travelling to Myanmar is not complete without visiting the biggest pagoda in the city of Yangon named Shwedagon. This gold-plated Pagoda is a symbol of Myanmar: Land of Thousand Pagoda.
Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda. Nothing can be compared with gold covering Shwedagon Pagoda of Yangon, Myanmar. The 2600 year old temple is covered with thousands of pure gold bars. layers formed of 8500 gold bars at the bottom of the temple, when other 13100 bars at the top of the stupa, 5500 diamond stones on the top of the pagoda, 2300 rubies, and 1065 gold bells. This Characteristic building of the Yangon city has a height of 99 meters and of course will amaze each eye who see it (read also: Big Ben – Iconic Building of London).
Located Singuttara Hill, Shwedagon Pagoda is the oldest and most sacred in building in Myanmar. Residents of Myanmar can freely enter and worship god in the pagoda area, while foreign tourists must pay a ticket charged 8000 kyat or about 5 U.S Dollar. Tourists visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda should wear decent clothes. Visitor also must remove footwear before entering the Shwedagon pagoda complex.
In the complex area of Shwedagon pagoda there are many small temples containing a statue of Buddha with a variety of styles and position. in addition there are also many mythical lion statues guarding every entrance to this pagoda, same statues that can be found in Hindu temples in India.
Shwedagon pagoda complex is a very attractive historical tourism to visitors, both local and foreign. The pagoda is ever damaged by the earthquake in 1970, but now its shape has been restored and re-opened to the public.
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