Up on the apex of Singuttara Hill overlooking Kandawgi Lake proudly stands Shwedagon Pagoda. Imposing at the height of 326 feet, it is definitely eye-catching as it dominates the skyline.
The Pagoda contains relics of the four highly revered past Buddhas. A fragment of Kassapa’s robe, Gautama’s eight hair strands, Konagama’s water filter, and Kakusandha’s staff. The Burmese have a custom of circumnavigating the stupas of these four Buddhas in a clockwise manner. Beginning at the eastern Shrine of Kakusandha, to the south of Konagama, then to the west of Kassapa and finally to the north of Gautama. Propriety calls that a pilgrim who visits must offer flowers, candles, coloured flags, or streamers as a symbol of giving.
Shwedagon Pagoda is located at Yangon, Myanmar.
Opening Days and Hours
Opens daily from 4:00 to 22:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance fee is USD 8 per person.
How to Get There
- Fly to Yangon, Brunei via AirAsia, Malaysian Airlines.
- From the airport, board a taxi to Yangon city proper.
- In the city centre, charter a taxi to Shwedagon Pagoda.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration is 1 to 2 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit the pagoda is between 8:00 and 12:00.
Dining options in Yangon include 50th Street Bar and Grill, Ashoka Indian Restaurant, Aung Thokha, Cafe Dibar, Golden Duck, Green Elephant Restaurant, and Inya 1 Restaurant and Bar.
- Sule Pagoda
- Botataung Pagoda
- National Museum of Myanmar
Accommodations around Yangon can be availed at USD 80 to USD 250 per night. Options include Melia Yangon, Hotel Yangon, Novotel Yangon, Hotel Grand United and Hotel Yankin.