Shwedagon Pagoda is said to be the biggest and oldest Pagoda in Myanmar aged at 2600 years old!! It is said that this is the most glorious pagoda in Myanmar. There are 4 gates to Shwedagon Pagoda; East, West, South and North. Mr Myint dropped us at the South gate of Shwedagon Pagoda and left us on our own to explore the pagoda while he waits for us outside.
Shwedagon Pagoda – the most visited Pagoda by tourists.
Entrance ticket is Ks8,000 or USD10. There are money changers in the Pagoda. It’s like entering a high class pagoda as there is security scanning before entering and we have to take the lift up to the pagoda.
It is advisable to travel with long pants or bring along sarong or garment to cover the legs. Even though you’re wearing shorts, if your legs are exposed, you need to cover them. huhu.. The Sarong can be rented at the ticket counter for free but you need to place deposit (if I’m not mistaken it was Ks 5,000) and will be refunded when returning the sarong.Someone will help you wear the sarong. Teehee..
And we had to leave our shoes behind at the shoe counter. Walked around barefooted and in sarongs were not very comfortable because can’t run around nor taking big steps as movement were quite limited in a sarong. And it gets pretty hot down there too. We’re glad the Mr Myint suggested to visit Shwedagon Pagoda in the evening when the sun is setting. Not only do we get to capture the pagoda with mersmerizing lighting but also good for our feet. Imagine walking under the hot sun and on hot tiled floor *BURN*
Coming out from the South Gate, this is what we saw inside Shwedagon Pagoda. The place is huge and packed with tourists! Took us approximately 2 hours and a half to just walk around and taking pictures, didn’t even get to explore in details.
I love capturing the details of the pagoda. Look at all the details! Just look at them! I wonder how long it took them to build the roof alone.
What I like about Shwedagon Pagoda is the architecture design and being amazed as to how they get so much gold to build the place.
That aside, they have free wifi provided by Redlink. T_________T I was so happy when I saw this. So, it was here and moving forward, I get to update my status and uploading all the pictures taken online. Huhuhu..
Oh, before the rest head out to do some serious business (eg; pray), we took a #selfie or #wefie.
It’s such a coincidence that they were doing some repair and maintenance work on the pagoda, so some of the pictures we took weren’t that perfect with all the scaffold in the background. huhuhu…
I took many, well just too many and couldn’t decide which to share, so I roughly select some to share here. Enjoy the pictures!
Interesting people watching and saw this. A group of young men were sweeping floor together. It was interesting to watch as they sweep the floor together.
Young girls were dressed in traditional and colourful costumes
Another interesting watch is here at the Tuesday Corner. I’m not sure what the ritual it is but I saw many people went to “bath” the little figure after prayers.
There were some directions for the bathing ritual and need to follow accordingly.
After the bathing ritual, each person is given this leaves and to be kept with them.
Oh, Jun and Vina just announced that they are getting married. I am pretty sure this trip granted them an eternal happiness towards the future. 🙂 So happy for them both. Congrats!
The sight of the lift from the outside. This is the very same lift which took us up and down to and from the pagoda. So atas can?!
This marks the end of Mr Myint’s service and he dropped us back to our hotel, East Hotel. We took a quick shower and rest a bit before heading out for some local food hunting at Chinatown.
Opening Hours: Opens daily from 4am to 10pm, last admission is at 9.45pm
Close on the following days that Shwedagon Pagoda is open 24 hours:
- Waxing Day of Tabaung – the day before full moon day of the Myanmar Lunar month Tabaung (around March) and
- Waxing Day of Wakhaung – the day before full moon day of the Myanmar Lunar month Wakhaung (around June which is the beginning of the Buddhist Lent)
Entrance Fee: Kyats 8,000 (USD9) per person
Republic of the Union of Myanmar
GPS Coordinates: 16.798375, 96.149574