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Shwedagon Pagoda

The golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is a symbol of Myanmar, and the most holy Buddhist site in the country. Located to the west of the Kandawgyi Lake on the Singuttara Hill, it dominates the skyline of Yangon and is visible from much of the city.

From a humble beginning of 8.2 meters to the current height of nearly 110 meters, the Shwedagon Pagoda has weathered seasons of 2601 years, being the oldest historical pagoda on the planet. The main stupa is covered with gold plates and topped with 4531 diamonds, the largest of which is 72 carats. There is no exaggeration to say Shwedagon Pagoda showcases the best Myanmar heritages in architecture, sculpture and art. Shwedagon Pagoda means Golden Hair. In its exterior enshrines strands of Buddha's hair and other holy relics, and hundreds of temples. Over the years, a stream of devotees has brought offerings to the various temple shrines within the pagoda.

Tips: The best time to visit the majestic pagoda is at dusk when you can absorb the atmosphere of this spiritual site as local residents come to give offerings and worship after a day's work. As night falls, the illuminated golden pagoda lights up the sky of Yangon City. Don't miss the impressive view.

Check out this 10-Day Best of Myanmar to explore the main highlights of Myanmar including the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Once you're in Yangon, the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, and Kandawgyi Lake (Royal Lake) are also worth a visit.