Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most visited places in the nation of Myanmar. People here claim that this pagoda is more than 2,600 years old. No official document proves this fact otherwise Shwedagon Pagoda had been the oldest Pagoda in the world. If not the oldest, this Pagoda is undoubtedly one of the most attractive destinations to be in Myanmar. Although the Pagoda has obstructions from earthquakes frequently, it stands tall on the Singuttara hill today. Undoubtedly in the Myanmar World Heritage site list, Shwedagon Pagoda illuminates the sky of Yangon. Every year thousands of pilgrims around the globe visit this shrine and experience the blessing of Lord Buddha.

Architecture wise Shwedagon Pagoda has left no stone unturned in gaining brilliance. The gold-plated top of the Temple contains about 7,000 diamonds, sapphires, topaz, and rubies. The whole structure, glided with pure gold shines as bright as the sun making the entire city of Yangon alive. Also referred to as “The Crown of Burma,” this majestic Pagoda is the pride of Myanmar. When it comes to beauty, the Shwedagon Pagoda is unrivaled throughout the world. Similarly, with the Religious significance, your urge to visit the place will rise.

According to legend, two merchant brothers Tapussa and Bhalika, also the first disciples of Lord Buddha, met Lord Buddha and offered him the first food after enlightenment. They received eight of Buddha’s hair and returned to Burma. They met with the local ruler King Okkalapa and made the pagoda with the strands inside it. The 344-foot stupa that we see today, however, is a result of multiple raising and reconstruction of the earlier 18-meter pagoda. Also called the Great Dagon Pagoda, Shwedagon Pagoda is a place where you can view Yangon City perfectly. Rich with flora and fauna, the Shwedagon Pagoda area, is naturally elegant and alluring.

Major Attractions

Relics of the Buddhas

Leogryphs guarding the entrance

Sunrise and sunset from the Pagoda

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