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Shwedagon Pagoda

Few places are as awe-inspiring as Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda (open daily 4am-10pml entrance fee) which is also known as the Golden Pagoda for its giant gold stupa, and is the most sacred pagoda in Myanmar for Burmese Budhhists. Historians believe it was built by the Mon people some time between the 6th and 10th centuries, but legend has it that the pagoda was constructed over 2,000 years ago. Regardless, in earthquake-prone Myanmar, Shwedagon Pagoda has been rebuilt numerous times. It wasn't until the 15th century that the stupa was gilded.

The Pagoda is believed to hold the relics not just of the Buddha but also of four of his predecessors, enshrined in the golden core. No one has been able to confirm this, as to do so would require destroying the core of the structure, which obviously cannot be allowed! Shwedagon Pagoda is also a powerful symbol of national identity: in recent years, the Pagoda has become a rallying point for the pro-democracy movement, and during the 2007 protests, even monks were prohibited from entering. Four entrances will bring you to the main terrace. Avoid midday for a truly majestic experience: at sunrise, the pagoda is relatively empty, at sundown, its 27 metric tons of gold leaf glint in the fading sun.

Architecture of the Shwedagon Pagoda

Made out of golden covered bricks, the inside of the Shwedagon pagoda access is allowed to monks only.

Above this terrace base, you can find the bell-shaped. The above layers are made of symbols of buddhism such as the Turban, followed by inverted alms bowl, a symbol of the renunciation in pursuit of the holy life (monks gathers donation such as food on the alms bowl), the lotus petals, and at the very top of it, the umbrella crown, symbol of royalty and spirituality awareness.

The crown is decorated by 5448 diamonds and 2317 rubies. Before the very top of the stupa, the diamond bud tipped with a diamond of 76k (15gr.) is the flag-shaped vane.

Map of the Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon pagoda is at the center of a huge terrace, surrounded by a lot of buddhism symbols such temples, bronze disk-shaped bells, images of buddhas, relics of ancient buddhas, holy trees, etc.

On the below map, you will have the location of each significant point of interests of the Shwedagon pagoda surroundings, it will help you find your way around and not miss anything.

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Mingalapar helps you in your enthralling « quest » of  your search for unique experiences while in Myanmar. Because Myanmar is still a mysterious destination with undiscovered treasures, we have listed the must-see that can inspire you in your trip planning : While in Yangon, you will find cultural, historical and religious must-sees such as the sacred Shwedagon pagoda, the Bogyoke Aung San Market and its colorful shops, the National Museum of Myanmar and its ancient treasures. You will find a short description of the must-see, its location and all you need around (Hotels, Restaurants, Activities, etc). A complete tour around Yangon tradition and culture with a complete visit of the Shwedagon Pagoda, a half day cooking class of burmese culinary specialities, a spectacular Hot air Balloon ride over Bagan at sunset, the climbing of the endless stairs of Mount Popa, kayaking on the serene Inle lake with its temples and floating gardens : with our section « Activities », Mingalapar will offer you a large range of activities, experiences that no other travelers have ever experienced. You will be able to organise your own, personalized experiences in Myanmar. Our market place of Activities & Tours will put you directly in touch with the local suppliers, and allow you to book a slot only in few clicks. All these activities made you hungry? Let’s find a restaurant near by with our category Food&Drink. You can sort the restaurants by location, type of food, price range. The pictures of the dishes and the customers’ reviews and rates will help you choose among a large range of restaurant. Take a picture of your favorite burmese dish, post it on instagram with some pictures of your trip and share your story on MyInstaTrip. You will be able to see on MyInstaTrip the experience of other instagramers who visited Myanmar, and see the country through their eyes. And don’t forget to put the hashtag #Mingalapar, and share your picture with our community of Myanmar lovers. Because, as Rudyard Kipling said, Myanmar «  It is quite unlike any place you know ».

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