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A trip to Myanmar is never complete without visiting the famous Shwedagon Pagoda of Yangon which is monumental enshrinement of the hair locks of Lord Gautam Buddha and other such holy souvenirs.
Get Immersed Into The World of Holy Romance and Old World Charm at Shwedagon Pagoda of Myanmar.
The diamond-studded stupa of the pagoda is a major tourist attraction. It sparkles and dazzles from beyond the hilltop, and the biggest diamond of the 4531 diamonds encrusted in the spire of the stupa has a huge size of 72 carats. 64 different stupas surround the main stupa and are small in stature. It is gorgeously plated with gold. There is a spot amid the platform of the pagoda where tourists stand to view and marvel at the splendid play of lights, colors, and reflections from the glinting gold and the shimmering diamonds.
In accordance to folk tales and mystic legends, a couple of brothers of Myanmar met Lord Buddha after the attainment of enlightenment of the Lord. Buddha gifted the brothers with a few strands of his hair and specifically instructed them to enshrine the same on the Singuttara Hill which is the location of three of the earlier shrines of Lord Buddha. The brothers approached the King of Myanmar and passed on the eight strands of hair to him. It is the King of Myanmar who took care to enshrine the hair by the construction of a relic chamber and a pagoda which later came to be known as the Shwedagon Pagoda.
The Bell pavilion is home to one of the largest and heaviest bells of the world that weighs about 24 tons. King Dhammazedi had this colossal bell cast in the year 1484. It got stolen by a Portuguese who wanted to cast the bell into metal cannons but his attempt failed as the ship sank and the bell got lost in the Yangon River. It was later recovered and is now housed at the Bell Pavilion of Shwedagon Pagoda.
The temple complex of the pagoda is incredibly enormous with numerous interesting and beautiful structures, monuments, sculptures and more. The complex comprises of the Naungdawgyi Pagoda whose gates are only open to men, a prayer room that features an incredibly magnificent statue of the reclined Lord Buddha, the Bell Pavilion that consists of the largest bell, another pavilion that features a statue of Lord Buddha of height 9 meters draped in a golden yellow robe. The complex consists of the Mahabodhi temple that features illustrations of vibrantly colored depictions of Buddhism. The Arakanese Prayer Pavilion features fine and intricate carvings of wood, and another pavilion of the temple comprises of depictions of murals from Jatakas. The temple complex is sprinkled with Pyatthats, Tazungas, Burmese temples and shrines of Buddhism.
How to Get Tickets?
The State Hermitage Museum tickets are available right here in this website. They are available at the entrance of the museum as well, but it is preferable to buy them online to avoid standing in long queues under the sun.
How To Get Around?
Getting around in the Shwedagon Pagoda is done on foot. It is necessary to enter the temple complex with the shoes removed and the socks as well for paying homage to Lord Buddha.
What Should I Wear?
Tourists need to follow the formal dress code for visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda. Men and women must wear garments that cover the shoulders, arms, waist, and knees. It is advised to avoid tight and skimpy clothing. Tourists are allowed to hire the saron or longyi before entering the temple complex.
Best Time to Visit
The best time of the day to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda is when the evening falls, and the diamonds start glittering, and the gold begins to glint and sparkle in the setting rays of the Sun. Visit the pagoda during the sunset for the best experience. Avoid Buddhist holidays and weekends if you want to avoid crowds. The best time to visit the Pagoda is between November and April.
Will I Need a Guide?
You do not need a guide. Transportation is easy and all the required information is provided on this website.
How To Get There?
The taxi service is highly efficient in Myanmar and is affordably rated as well. The best way to reach the Pagoda is through availing taxis.