Shwedagon Pagoda

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andrejav andrejav
751 reviews
Shwedagon Pagoda May 23, 2017
The Shwedagon Pagoda is the most famous pagoda in Myanmar. It is located a bit outside of the center of the city, on the hill. Four staircases lead to the top of the hill and each one is incredibly picturesque and beautiful. There are also couple of elevators that will take older and not so in shape to the top. You will have to respect clothing rules, so for the guys, you’ll have to have long cloth that covers your knees and a bit more. If you don’t have it, you can buy one for 3$ at the entrance to the pagoda. You’ll have to take off your shoes, but don’t leave them at the entrance. You can easily leave the complex at some other gate so bring your shoes.

Pagoda is mainly famous for some stupid amount of gold that they placed on it. Only the top part has 500kg of gold while the stupa has around 10 tons (some people say more than 50 tons all together). On the top of the stupa they have the “umbrella” that is covered with diamonds, rubies and other expensive stones. Anyway, it is nice. On the plateau you can visit lots of temples, pagodas and pavilions. It is worth visit, but the price to go up is very expensive.
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spocklogic says:
Looks like a place William Devane would hang out pitching Rosland Capital!
Posted on: May 24, 2017
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davejo davejo
274 reviews
eight days in a week here Feb 02, 2017
At Shwedagon Pagoda there are 8 planetary posts, each representing a day of the week that surround the base of the stupa. Each has a sign stating the day and each have a Buddha Image where worshipers pray. They are called Sunday Corner, Monday Corner etc but when yoi get to Wednesday there is Wednesday Morning Corner and Wednesday Afternoon Corner as Wednesday is divided into two days. Astrology is taken very seriously here depending on what day of the week you were born. If you start from opposite the south stairway and head off in a clockwise direction you will see the 8 points representing the planets as follows

Wednesday AM Mercury and an elephant with tusks

Saturday Saturn and a naga (snake)

Thursday Jupiter and a rat

Wednesday PM the moon, ascending elephant without tusks

Friday Venus and guinea pigs

Sunday the sun and garuda (a mythical bird

Monday the moon and a tiger

Tuesday Mars and a lion
Wednesday morning
davejo says:
Strange, isn't it
Posted on: Feb 03, 2017
Cho says:
Right David, there are 8 days in a week according to the Myanmar Buddhist calendar (like the Beatles song!)
Posted on: Feb 03, 2017
davejo davejo
274 reviews
The story of the 24,000 kg bell Feb 02, 2017
Outside the museum on the west side of the terrace you will see a huge bell which is the bell of King Singu Min who donated it to Shwedagon Pagoda in 1779. It weighs around 24,000 kilograms, 2.13 m high and 2.01 m wide at the mouth and amazingly 1 foot thick. There are inscriptions on it which describe King Singu who was crowned in 1776, ruled over 16 provinces and had the bell cast especially for hi donation to Shwedagon.

In 1825 during the Anglo-Burmese War the British stole the bell but it sank to the bottom of the river, and after several attempts to retrieve it, the British gave up. Some years later t a group of Burmese managed to salvage the bell and returned it to the pagoda.
davejo says:
It is amazing how they got it up to the pagoda
Posted on: Feb 02, 2017
Cho says:
David, I didn't know that finally found the great bell. There was a travel program on TV recently about searching for it.
Posted on: Feb 02, 2017
Cho Cho
104 reviews
The mother of all pagodas Sep 13, 2013
As Rudyard Kipling the famous English author and poet described a long time ago, Burma (now called Myanmar) is a "Land like no other," the Shwedagon pagoda in the former capital of Yangon is truly an architectural wonder like no other temple.

Built 2,500 years ago on a hill, it is the country's most sacred and revered place of worship. The hill where the pagoda is situated lies 190 feet or 58 meters above sea level, so this glittering landmark can be seen from nearly every part of Yangon city. Having lived in Yangon for half of my life (and on many subsequent visits), I of course have been there numerous times, but I am always spellbound by the majestic splendor of this huge place. A beautiful building or structure can move a person, but a pagoda that has been said to be covered in more gold than all the vaults in England will take your breath away!

The immense 368 foot (112 meters) high golden stupa towers over the vast complex of gilded shrines, so it is easy to forget that the stupa is surrounded by smaller pagodas, temples and pavilions which feature intricate designs and giant smiling Buddhas in sitting and reclining poses. And of course, gold, gold, gold everywhere, 60 tons of it encrusted on the stupa, not to mention the precious gems, such as rubies, sapphires, jade and the huge 76 carat diamond orb winks to the skies from the very top of the spire. It is believed that 8 strands of the hair of Gautama, the Lord Buddha is hidden away somewhere on the grounds along with other holy relics. The temple complex itself covers more than five acres.

Even if you are not of the Buddhist faith (which I am not), be prepared to be absorbed in an atmosphere of holiness and spiritual tranquility, and even if you are hard to impress, you will be overwhelmed by its magnificence and breathtaking beauty. I was with one of my American friends one time, and this is what she said when we were there, "It is so captivating and no words can describe it, but I will say one thing, 'my eyes keep falling out of my head'"

Have you ever seen an ancient glowing golden structure? If not, be there in the evening again when the sun goes down. The Shwedagon is beautiful by day, spectacular by night when it creates a magical atmosphere as it is lit up by flood lights which reflects off the gold and lighting up the clouds, giving the night sky a yellow/orange glow.

There are four entrances to the Shwedagon; north, south, east and west, two of them with elevators. I would suggest that you take one of the elevators going up, and take the stairs going down. At every entrance, you won't fail to notice two giant 'chinthes' (mythical lions in Burmese literature) guarding it.

The Burmese are very religious, and it is believed that the Shwedagon reveals the heart of the people. There are always crowds of devotees who come to worship at the Shwedagon. Old, young, monks, nuns....people from all walks of life. This is what Myanmar is all about - the impact of Buddhism in the everyday life of the people. However, since the country opened up a couple of years ago, I hear that on some days, international travelers outnumber the locals. I recently read a news report that ATM cash machines have been installed all over the complex and Wi-Fi internet access is available on the grounds now. I am just puzzled why would anybody need to be on the computer while visiting this marvelous site?

Anyway, if you are ready to be transported to a whole new world and a serene environment (even though the place is bustling with worshippers and tourists alike), be sure to make this pagoda your number 1 must see attraction when you are in Yangon. You will be totally mesmerized by its wonder!

Admittance fee - US5.00 (valid for the whole day, so you can use it once more if you go there again in the evening)

Opening hours - 4am to 10pm every day
The golden stupa
Worshippers around the pagoda
More worshippers
Monks at the pagoda
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cotton_foam says:
my late congrats, Cho! Well deserve for good job!!
Posted on: Sep 14, 2013
Ils1976 says:
A little late but still congrats on your fzatured review!
Posted on: Sep 14, 2013
monky says:
Congrats on your featured review Cho!:D
Posted on: Sep 13, 2013
jen25w jen25w
3 reviews
Shwedagon Pagoda Mar 06, 2011
This and Bagan have been the most beautiful places/things I have ever seen in my life. It was so amazing that it actually made me cry and I know how silly that sounds but it's true. I wanted to go back and view it at night but I didn't have time. :-( It's made of solid gold. Breathtaking!!!

You can't wear shoes and make sure you don't throw away the entrance ticket after you purchase it. They will go around and ask for you to show it in order to verify that you paid and if you don't have it you'll have to pay again.

Although everyone normally goes to Burma "in season" I really recommend going in the off season, like August. When I was there I saw MAYBE 20 tourists the entire time I was in Burma. It made the hole trip feel much more authentic.
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NJTProadcruiser says:
Wow! Thats a sight to see :D
Posted on: Mar 06, 2011
tarmizi40 tarmizi40
18 reviews
Magnificent Golden Structure Jul 05, 2011
Entrance Fee is USD5 per person

You have to take off your shoes to enter the pagoda.

Note: Before entering you'll be welcomed by kids with plastic bag who will follow you every where you go. The boy that followed me spoke French.

There are a few temples within the pagoda complex. There are lakes and parks. Very serene surroundings.

I managed to circumnavigate the complex area. Distance maybe about 2km

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