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Shwedagon Pagoda is a huge temple in itself. It will take you several hours to explore it. Here are the tips for discovering this pagoda:

A holy Buddhist place

This remarkable pagoda located on the hill of Yangon is the first religious center of Burma. According to legend, it contains relics of 4 ancient Buddhas and even 8 hair of Gautama Buddha



Sunrise tour for a unique experience

Arrive very early at the entrance to buy your ticket ( € 11.50 ) and wait in line to enter. We were there for 6:30 am and there was not a big queue.


Enjoy the sunrise and the shine of the gilding sparkle at the first rays.


Stroll everywhere

Be curious, each corner of the pagoda is full of sculptures, inscriptions, gilding ... The architecture is exceptional.



Observe the locals

Many locals woke up early to pray at dawn. Observe their intense faith. There will also be young monks (monks) who follow a very strict discipline for their age. A lesson in exceptional spirituality.



When to visit Shwedagon pagoda?

Shwedagon pagoda is open 7 days a week from 4 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.


The visitor center is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.





Important info

Men and women should cover their shoulders and knees. If you are not dressed properly, you will need to rent sarongs (resembling pareos) to cover yourself.


You will have to leave your shoes and socks at the entrance (small lockers are provided, your belongings will be safe). Barefoot is the rule!


Bring a bottle of water and a small snack because you will surely be hungry without breakfast!

Where to stay?

Four rivers youth hotel B&B , private windowless room with bathroom and breakfast included € 15.50 for 2

Where to eat ?

The markets, or small street restaurants are very good and inexpensive.

I hope this article has made you want to get interested in Buddhist culture ! If you have any questions do not hesitate ! :)

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