Shwedagon Pagoda

Address: Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred place in Yangon and where the Burmese people take pride the most. Legend has it that the pagoda enshrines the relics of four Buddhas, namely the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Koṇāgamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa, and eight strands of hair from the head of Gautama. 

The Shwedagon Pagoda today stands close to 110m, covering in hundreds of gold plates. The top of the stupa is encrusted with 4,531 diamonds. The largest of which is a 72 carat diamond. There are hundreds of colourful temples, stupas and statues in the pagoda for your exploration.

If you cannot walk barefoot on the hot ground, you are recommended to visit the pagoda at dusk or even at night because no shoes are allowed inside. Besides, short skirts, shorts, and vests are also prohibited. The scene of monks and Buddhist worshipping and tourists taking photos is very typical in Shwedagon Pagoda. Surrounding the pagoda, there are white statues of gods and elephants. Worshippers would get water with a cup and pour water over the statues, again and again. Finally, they would worship sincerely by pressing the palms of the hands together. At dusk, Buddhists would ignite the white candles in the candle area to lighten the golden pagoda.