History and Background
The top one thing to experience in Yangon is to take part into the local culture, praying at Shwedagon Pagoda, the largest and most famous pagoda of Myanmar. According to traditions, Gautama Buddha’s hairs are enshrined in the Shwedagon Pagoda. With the beliefs and spirit of Buddhists in Myanmar, the pagoda is the strongest religious pagoda of Myanmar People. A visit to Yangon is incomplete without visiting this pagoda. Adorned with gold plates and enriched with a diamond encrusted stupa, the pagoda shines under the sun, creating a stunning view that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Your trip to Yangon will be incomplete without a visit to this most visited pagoda of the country. The 2,500-year-old pagoda is 326-foot-tall and is known to enshrine the hair of Buddha and other significant holy relics passed down over generations. You will find the pagoda to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, on Singuttara Hill. It is a stunning structure featuring gold plates on its surface and a diamond-encrusted stupa which glitter under the sun. The pagoda is also adorned with colourful temples, stupas and religious statues built following ancient architecture styles. A visit to this pagoda will also provide you with an understanding of the significance of Buddhism in the country. You can join the locals in their humble religious and community activities like offering donations and meditations. The entrance fee is K 8000. Please remember to take off your shoes before entering the pagoda.
Buddhists offer foods, candles and holy water to this pagoda with the mind of making good deeds to Buddha. Buddhists also pray at Shwedagon pagoda with the intension to remember the Buddha’s Dhamma (Buddha’s saying) and share their good deeds to all the livings in the world. People believes that praying is the another kind of meditation to keep their mind relax and peaceful. After the praying, all the good deed that people made in his life is shared by words in order not only to have inner peace in their mind but to give love to all the living spirit.