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Facts about Shwedagon Pagoda - All that you must know before your visit!

Shwedagon Pagoda or the Paya is the grandest and biggest Pagoda in beautiful Myanmar. And that is often the reason why you will see many pictures of this landmark in most places in the country. Here are all the things you ought to know before you visit.


How to reach the Pagoda?

If you're looking for the best transport system to reach this pagoda, then the local buses are the recommended choice. Head to a bus terminal and simply ask the driver. Even if he isn't well-versed in English, he will understand if you say "Shwedagon Pagoda". He will nod in acknowledgement and you can buy a ticket and get on the bus. Another way to easily reach this place is by hiring a taxi. You can do this from most places in the city, and you have nothing to worry about. If you book accommodation close to the pagoda, it will be much more convenient for you. For instance, you can look into a Yangon hotel, the likes of Pan Pacific Yangon which is only 10 minutes away.


Clothing and Attire

When visiting places of religious significance, in Southeast Asia, you must know that there is a strict dress code. Although this is a commonly known fact some tourists are unaware of it. As you know now, you can be more prepared. Besides, if you do end up going unprepared, you can always buy beautiful local sarongs, and cover yourself up. Make sure to cover your shoulders and wear clothing below your knees! And you will be fine. Where footwear is concerned, make sure to wear something that is easy to remove. You will get quite annoyed if you're going to be undoing and redoing the laces of your trainers every time. You have been warned! Also, make sure to carry a bag with you for your shoes.


Best times for a visit and opening hours

The pagoda is open to the public from 6 AM onwards, and the closing times are at around 10 PM. Although it's open pretty much all day long, does not mean all hours are fit for a visit. If you are an early bird, then make sure to head to the temple while it's still dark in the horizon, to witness a spectacular sunrise. For the late risers, after 4 PM will be the best to avoid the scorching sun. If you miss the sunrise, well, there's always the sunset!


Ticket prices

Wondering about the ticket prices? Well, you don't have to anymore. For foreigners, tickets are priced at about MMK 8000 for an adult, for a day!



Bathroom breaks when touring is inevitable. You should be aware that there aren't any facilities, of this kind, in the main temple. Ask a guard around, and they will point you in the direction you need to take. There are plenty of signboards around with arrowheads, all you have to do is read them correctly and you'll arrive at your destination. But unfortunately, they do not allow to wear flip flops in the toilets. however, to your surprise, the floors are sparkling and kept completely clean and dry.

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