Myanmar Chameleon: The Shwedagon Pagoda in Pictures

I’ve decided to share with you 8 of my favourite photos taken of The Shwedagon Pagoda when we were in Yangon. The pagoda is known to be the single most religious site in the entire Myanmar and sits on the top of the Singuttara Hill. Legend says that it is a sacred spot since the beginning of time, even before this present world was created. Two brothers brought eigh hairs of the Buddha to be enshrined in this sacred location, which gave meaning to the name Shwedagon Pagoda.

With various entrances it is quite easy to get lost in this marvel therefore I had to remember my way to the main temple and back via the landmarks such as the coiled balcony, the stairs, the white stupa and the shops at the bottom of the stairs. I did not manage to walk around the entire area though and regretted it once we got back to the travel agents’ place. The lesson to learn here is to get plenty of rest the night before a big trip like this so that you can pace yourself for each location visit. Nevertheless, it was still an enjoyable walk through this historic building.

I hope you enjoy the photos!

The Shwedagon Pagoda through the coiled brass balcony.

The main pagoda amongst the green tiled roofs.

The white temple which houses the Buddha statue.

Locals making their way around the temple, finding a suitable spot to pray.

More golden like stupas in the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Look up and see the colourful roofs of the pagoda.

A local prays in the Shwedagon Pagoda


Visiting Information:

  • Opens from 6:30 am to 10:00pm daily.
  • Entrance fee: US$5. Visitors have to request for entrance ticket and stickers which needs to be placed in front of the jackets and t-shirts for inspection.
  • Once you pay the entrance fee, you’ll need to remove your shoes and socks before taking the elevator or stairs up to the main pagoda area.
  • Ladies are not allowed to wear short skirts or summer dresses. You’ll have to borrow the Myanmar ladies’ wear if you do.
  • Men are not allowed to wear short pants. However alongyiis available in case you do.
  • There are no additional fees for cameras or video cameras.

About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

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