Every Yangon visit should include a trip to this magnificent pagoda.
Shwedagon Pagoda is the country’s most famous attraction, and the most sacred.
Enter the Pagoda compound, take a long flight of steps up to the boundary where you are required to take off your shoes. Either leave it at the boundary where you are required to do a donation, or bring along a plastic bag and bring your shoes around (I would prefer the latter). The entrance fee is 8000kyats (about 8USD) to view the Pagoda, this includes the videography / photography fee that some travel websites have mentioned.
We walked around in the compound. It was busy, filled with visitors and tourists, but strangely peaceful.It was fortunate that we came in after the rain, so the ground wasn’t piping hot that it would burn the soles of our feet. There were locals participating in a ritual, walking around the compound in a single file.
As seen in the pictures, please be dressed appropriately. 3-quarter pants or long skirts are preferred. Sleeveless tops are not allowed.
On the website of Shwedagon Pagoda, it says “As a mark of reverence when visiting Shwedagon Pagoda, visitors should dress appropriately and modestly. Please follow the dress code – wear trousers or at least knee length shorts or skirt; t-shirts with elbow length sleeves are also expected and you are expected to be barefooted when entering Shwedagon Pagoda. If you are unsure as to the correct dress code, just err on the side of conservative dress and no-one will be offended.”
The photo below shows a soda drink giveaway, totally unexpected to be seen in a religious compound. However, it’s perhaps one of the most effective methods since the locals are so religious.
At every corner, you can spot a different temple, statue or stupa. We took a selfie, and I told my travel mate that I felt like I was standing in front of a castle, like those in the Aladdin story 😀
Visit in the late afternoon and stay for the blue hour. Savour the beauty of the pagoda as the sun sets, sit around with the locals and wait for the sky to turn dark. Shwedagon Pagoda at blue hour, quietly magnificent.
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