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Shwedagon Pagoda (Paya), Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – part 1 of 2

By on March 30, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma

The Shwedagon Pagoda (Paya) is possibly THE tourist attraction in Yangon (Rangoon). It is busy, and it is full of tourists.

Walking in is free (there is a security check where you and your bags will scanned), however, as soon as you get to the platform of the pagoda you will be stopped by a staff member and directed to a ticket booth. Cost for ‘foreigners’ is 8,000 kyat (US$8; £6). You are also not allowed to wear shoes or socks at the shrine.

Two tips:

  1. Take a bag for your shoes and socks as the chance are you won’t leave the site by the same staircase you arrived.
  2. Visit the pagoda either early morning or early evening, otherwise you may burn your feet on the insanely hot marble (remember, no shoes and socks).

The north entrance toe the pagoda complex.

Main stair case after security.

The stairway up to the main platform is lined with small shops selling souvenirs and offerings for the shrine.

Offerings….

The pagoda… it is stunning.

The Shwedagon Pagoda (Paya), Yangon, was very impressive.

Monks looking skyward, but looking for what? Around the pagoda platform there were a number of binocular devices so visitors can see the top of the pagoda.

Looking back down one of the staircases leading up to the pagoda platform.

The pagoda platform….

The Shwedagon Pagoda (Paya), Yangon, is impressive with a large number of pagodas and shrines, and incredibly hot marble floors that burns your bare feet if you visit late afternoon…

Like the umbrellas, but how can you walk on that baking hot marble?

It is not just tourists…

And then there is all the cleaning….

The Shwedagon Pagoda (Paya), Yangon is not just a tourist attraction it is also a place of study, and of prayer.

The architecture is stunning….

Offerings…

The red hot marble underfoot…

FourSquare: Shwedagon Pagoda (Paya)

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