One of the oldest and most magnificent monuments of Bagan, Myanmar completed during the reign of King Anawrahta on 1090, the Shwezigon Pagoda is a golden symbol, literally and figuratively, of Burma’s golden days.
The structure is a gold-plated pagoda reflecting the sunshine around the area like a beacon of hope. The pagoda is home to different sacred Buddhist relics and was once just a stupa (the hemispherical structure) until several shrines and temples have been added to complement the main structure. It is one of the precious Buddhist pilgrimage sites throughout Myanmar. Tour around the place and understand the complex history of the ancient Burmese Kingdom, its religious transition, and observe the culture of the locals meditating at the site. Be amazed at the beauty of the architecture around, the symmetrical design of the temples around the stupa and the exquisiteness of the golden reflection around you. Even when the sun sets, the spotlights around the pagoda illuminates the sphere and creates a scenic view often seen in sci-fi movies.
Shwezigon Pagoda is located at the centre of the town of Nyaung-U.
Opening Days and Hours
Opens daily from 5:00 to 21:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Admission fee is USD 5 for all ages.
How to Get There
- Fly to Nyaung-u via Myanmar National Airlines.
- Board an e-bike to the city centre.
- From the city centre board another e-bike to Shwezigon Pagoda.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
One hour is enough to explore the entire pagoda.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit is during December, the month of the Shwezigon Festival.
There are no restaurants in the area. Nearby restaurants including Black Bamboo and San Kabar Restaurant are located at Nyaung-U city centre. Bring own food and water to be sure.
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