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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 be 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. The 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).
Shwedagon Pagoda

A ticket to the pagoda

The north entrance to the pagoda complex.

North entrance to the Shwedagon Pagoda

North entrance to the Shwedagon Pagoda

Main stair case after security.

North entrance to the Shwedagon Pagoda

North entrance to the Shwedagon Pagoda

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

Shwedagon Pagoda - Shops selling statues

Shops selling statues


Shwedagon Pagoda - Offerings on sale

Offerings on sale

The pagoda… it is stunning.

Shwedagon Pagoda - First view of the pagoda

First view of the pagoda

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

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

Shwedagon Pagoda - Monks viewing the pagoda

Monks viewing the pagoda

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

Shwedagon Pagoda - Looking back down the stairs of the north entrance

Looking back down the stairs of the north entrance

The pagoda platform….

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

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

Shwedagon Pagoda

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

Shwedagon Pagoda - Monks in the sun

Monks in the sun

It is not just tourists…

Shwedagon Pagoda - A visitor at prayer

A visitor at prayer

And then there is all the cleaning….

Shwedagon Pagoda - Washing and cleaning

Washing and cleaning

Shwedagon Pagoda

Pagoda complex

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

Shwedagon Pagoda

The architecture is stunning….

Shwedagon Pagoda


Shwedagon Pagoda

Offerings at the pagoda

The red hot marble underfoot…

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

FourSquare: Shwedagon Pagoda (Paya)

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