Shwedagon Pagoda

The hidden gem in the middle of a shit hole

Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon pagoda (also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda, Shwedagon Zedi Daw or Golden Pagoda) was built completed in the 6th century and is considered to be the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar.  Its gold color comes from real gold-plates installed over the bricks that create the bell-shaped pagoda structure. It is located on top of Singuttara Hill and stands 326-feet (99 meters) above the ground.  The facade is decorated with thousands of rubies and diamonds and (at its peak) has a 76 carat diamond. Foreigners are assessed an entrance fee of Ks 8,000 (about $6 USD)

Dress Code

All visitors to the Shwedagon Pagoda should be prepared to respect the sanctity of the Buddhist religion – You should be prepared to follow this rules:

Cover yourself

  • Long pants
  • Shoulders should be covered

Modesty

  • TURN OFF YOUR DAMN CELL PHONE
  • Talk in a low voice (you’re in a place of worship)
  • Don’t touch or climb on statues
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